Bath Waltz (The)

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BATH WALTZ, THE. AKA - "Prussian Waltz." English, Waltz (3/4 or 3/8 time). England; Shropshire, Sussex, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire. G Major (Ashman, Cahusac, Raven): A Major (Sumner): E Flat Major: B Flat Major (Wilson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. This English waltz appears to have been known throughout the country. It appears in the 1823-26 collection of paper maker and musician Joshua Gibbons (Lincolnshire, 1778-1871), where it is given in the key of 'C' major. It is also printed in the Welch MSS (Sussex) and John Clare's MSS (Northamptonshire). Dancing master Thomas Wilson printed the tune as "Prussian Waltz," giving "Bath Waltz" as an alternate title. County Leitrim piper and fiddler Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) entered a version of the waltz as an untitled tune in Book 3 of his c. 1883 music manuscript collection. See note for "Bath Carnival (1)" for more on Bath.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a c. 1837-1840 MS by Shropshire musician John Moore [Ashman]; Joshua Gibbons 1823-26 MS [Sumner].

Printed sources : - Ashman (The Ironbridge Hornpipe), 1991; No. 35a, p. 11. William Cahusac (The German Flute Preceptor), c. 1814; p. 22. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 138. Sumner (Lincolnshire Collections, vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript), 1997; p. 1. Wilson (Companion to the Ball Room), 1816; p. 147.






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