"This little waltz is, to my knowledge, the only surviving piano piece of Verdi. In an orchestrated version by Nino Rota, it was featured in the Ball Scene of Luchino Visconti's film Il gattopardo, hence the present title. The autograph, owned by Mr. Rota's heirs ... bears the title "Valzer" and the instrumental rubric "Cembalo" at the top.... Mr. Lanza Tomasi (in an article in Discoteca IV/30 ) states that the waltz dates from 1859...."
Casale, Stephen, editor.
Martin, George Whitney, former owner.