This piece was written in the 1950s by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. It was lost until it was revived in the 1980s (Shostakovich died in 19750 and is now a really popular piece, because of its great melody.

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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

What makes this a waltz?

  • 3 beats in a bar
  • Oom-cha-cha (bass note – chord – chord) accompaniment
  • Contrasting sections in different keys (listen for how it starts minor and then goes into a major key, and back again)
  • Long, lyrical melodies
  • Expressive rallentandos (slowing up)

This piece was used in the films Eyes Wide Shut, Batman v Superman (Dawn of Justice) and Bad Santa. 

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