Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes #43: Anthony Hopkins Wrote a Waltz and It’s Amazing

Anthony Hopkins can not only act, but he can memorize seven-page speeches by heart, is an adept mimic as well as painter, and not to mention his forays into directing and producing.

Come to find out, he also writes music.  Because he’s a boss.

Anthony Hopkins Wrote a Waltz and It’s Amazing

Hopkins, whether you know his name or not (you totally do, though, don’t you?), is a well-recognized face throughout Hollywood.  I mean, he’s been in the game a long time.  A long time–almost 60-years, in fact.

Before we loved him as Odin, we knew him as a few other iconic faces, such as Hannibal Lecter and Zorro.  Most recently we’ve been able to appreciate his work as he played Dr. Robert Ford on Westworld.

We know the Anthony Hopkins that can act.  We know the actor.  But a musician?  I had never heard of the fact that he could create music.  I only happened to stumble upon such a fact one night on YouTube, and I was genuinely surprised by what I discovered, because it was really that good.

“And the Waltz Goes On” was actually composed by Hopkins back in 1964, when he was only 26-years-old.  He had never actually heard the piece performed until 2011, when conductor André Rieu performed it in Vienna.  I love instrumental works, but most especially am I drawn to waltzes.  (What can I say?  I love me some 3/4 time.)

Hopkin’s work in “And the Waltz Goes On” is exceptional.  There’s just something about the opening singular wind instruments exploding into a dance of strings.  Just gorgeous.  How he wrote this at such a young age and entirely untrained, I’ll never know.

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