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X:1 T:Circus Waltz M:3/8 L:1/8 R:Waltz B:James Davie - "Mrs. Gordon of Cairness Waltz" (4 page folio with 8 tunes, c. 1822) N:Davie (1783-1857) was a music seller and violinist who had a shop in Aberdeen. He was N:also a church choir master at St. Andrew's. Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F cB|(A<c)(c<f) A2|(G<B)(B<d) G2|(G<B)(B<d) G2|(A<c)(c<f) A2|(A<c)(c<f)A2| (G<B)(B<d)g2|fedcde|f4::c2|a4 gf|feefga|babgfe| gfef c2|a4 gf|feefga|babgfe|f2z:|]



CIRCUS WALTZ. Scottish, Waltz (3/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Circus Waltz" was printed by Aberdeen music seller and fiddler-composer James Davie (1783-1857), who included it in his folio of eight tunes entitled Mrs. Gordon of Cairness' Waltz (c. 1822). The 'circus' of the title was perhaps the Edinburgh Equestrian Circus, founded in 1790 by George and James Jones, which lasted until about 1801. In the mid-1790's it became an adjunct to the Royal Circus in London, after the Joneses assumed the lease of the Royal Circus in 1794. The following tune in Davie's folio is "Waltz Danced by Mr. Wilson on the Tight Rope (A)," probably referring to an act the same event; rope dancers were popular artists at early circuses. Since Davie published the tune some twenty years after the demise of the venue, a more recent equestrian-centered event may have toured Aberdeen such as Cooke's Royal Circus.


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