Annotation:Bath Waltz (The)

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BATH WALTZ, THE. AKA - "Prussian Waltz (2)." English, Waltz (3/4 or 3/8 time). England; Shropshire, Sussex, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire. G Major (Ashman, Cahusac, Raven, Riley): A Major (Sumner): E Flat Major: B Flat Major (Wilson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. This English waltz was once well-known throughout the country and appears in a number of musicians' manuscript collections of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. 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. "Bath Waltz" can be found in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter, a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England. It is also printed in the Welch MSS (Sussex) and John Clare's MSS (Northamptonshire, where the title is entered three times, although one of Clare's 'Bath Waltzes' is an unrelated tune). Dancing master Thomas Wilson printed the tune as "Prussian Waltz (2)," 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" 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. Edward Riley (Riley Flute Melodies vol. 2), New York, 1817; No. 132, p. 40. Sumner (Lincolnshire Collections, vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript), 1997; p. 1. Wilson (Companion to the Ball Room), 1816; p. 147. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 158, p. 61 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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