Duke of Kent's Waltz (1)

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DUKE OF KENT'S WALTZ [1], THE. English, Waltz (3/4 and 3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. This melody, written in 1802, was one of the first waltzes to appear in the British Isles, although the waltz had been known in the 1790's. Various country dance steps were set to the tune.

The Duke of Kent at the time of Cahusac's 1802 publication was Edward Augustus (1767-1820), fourth son of king George III, and father of Queen Victoria. He served as commander-in-chief of the British forces in Canada from 1799 to 1800.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Cahusac (Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1802), 1802;. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician's Occasional: Waltz, Air and Misc.), No. 1, 1991; p. 7.

Recorded sources: Country Dance and Song Society CDS-9, Claremont Country Dance Band - "Juice of the Barley."




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