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Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time

Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.

And you know what? it’s really beautiful

nice to see that your dreams may come true even after 50 years…


Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987)

Du Pré was a British cellist who was raised in a musical family. At the age of four she demanded what the instrument playing in a radio concert was, and after being told it was a cello, demanded to be given such an instrument. 

After an entire childhood of training she debuted at the age of sixteen and soon played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and at the Proms (annual British music festival). At the age of twenty she recorded her first record. The music chosen was the Elgar Cello Concerto (Op. 85, first performed in 1919) and not only did her performance go on to lift the work from relative obscurity, but this went on to become du Pré’s signature music. 

Her successful career continued internationally and she met fellow musician Daniel Barenboim, for whom she converted to Judaism and married in 1967. The couple had four children together. Sadly in 1973, when she was only 28 years old, she was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis), which meant she soon had to stop playing. Thus her career ended prematurely and the disease would eventually take her life at only 42 years of age. 

Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (Für Elise)
  • Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (Für Elise)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59 and Bia 515) for solo piano, commonly known as “Für Elise”, is one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular compositions. According to the discoverer of the piece, Ludwig Nohl, the original autographed manuscript, now lost, was dated 27 April 1810. Nevertheless the score was not published until 1867, 40 years after the composer’s death in 1827.