Crystal Stream Waltz

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CRYSTAL STREAM WALTZ. Old-Time, Waltz. USA, Missouri. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Beisswenger & McCann): AAB (Phillips): AABB (Christeson). A central Missouri waltz. It was in the repertoire of central Mo. fiddler Pete McMahon (1919-2000), who learned it as a child at dances (liner notes to "Missouri Fiddlin'" MLP 534, 1972). Missouri fiddler and scholar Howard Marshall plays a version that he learned from Virgil Smith, who had himself learned it from fiddler Vee Latty (1910-1956, Fulton, Callaway County, Mo.) in the 1920s. The waltz is attributed to Latty.

Source for notated version: Virgil Smith (Mo.) [Christeson]; Stuart Williams [Phillips]; Dean Johnston (1919-2007, Lamar, Barton County, Mo.), learned from Nowlin Boone (northern Mo.) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 74. R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 2), 1984; p. 161. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 249.

Recorded sources: Marimac 9038, Dan Gellert & Brad Leftwich - "A Moment in Time" (1993. Learned from Ray "Pick" Johnson of Big Springs, Mo.). Rounder 0436, Dean Johnston - "Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks, vol. 2: On the Springfield Plain" (2000).




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