Emile Waldteufel (9 December 1837 - 12 February 1915) was a French pianist, conductor and composer of dance music. In October 1874 Waldteufel played at an event that was attended by the then Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII. The Prince was enthralled by his Manolo waltz, and was prepared to make Waldteufel's music known in Britain. Waldteufel's music was played at Buckingham Palace in front of Queen Victoria and he dominated the music scene in London and became world-famous. During this period he composed his best known works including "Les Patineurs" - The Skaters' Waltz.
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