Notes to "Imitation Krab Waltz" by Scott Downie
Of course, the IKW was inspired by the numerable Schubert waltzes. [Until the damnable bookkeeper Otto Erich Deutsch appeared on the scene, Schubert’s waltzes were a more poetically apt “innumerable.”] Not content to attempt to conjure up the memory of Schubert with this ditty, I intend to rip Schubert off in wholesale fashion by reworking a section from his opera “Alfonso und Estrella” as another entry in the S4 sweepstakes. [I thumb my nose in the general direction of the Copyright Police! HA!!] Alas, since I have to serve as librettist, orchestra and choir, I probably won’t finish recording “Stille, Freunde, seht euch vor!” within many of your lifetimes.
I think I’ll grab Imitation Krab dip today.
There you go. Follow the lilting beat!