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X:1 T:Elfin Waltz L:1/8 M:3/8 S:Elias Howe - Diamond School for the Violin (c. 1861) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G DGB|c2F|GBe|d3|DGB|d2F|AGB|D2d| DGB|c2F|GBe|d3|dcB|^GA>B|cD B/>A/|G2z|| d|dGe|dBd|gfe|d3|dGe|dBd|gfe|d2d|| DGB|c2F|GBe|d3|dcB|^GA>B|cD B/>A/|G2g| d3|f/e/d/c/B/A/|G2g|d3|f/e/d/c/B/A/|G2z:||

ELFEN/ELFIN WALTZ, THE. AKA - "Die Elfin Waltz." AKA and see "Cotillion (2) (The)." English, Scottish, American; Waltz. A Major (Raven): G Major (Kerr, Trim). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Raven, Trim): AA'BB'C (Kerr). The immensely popular "Elfin Waltz" was composed by the Bohemian composer, conductor and violinist wikipedia:Joseph_Labitzky (1802-1881) and published around 1849. Labitzky composed some 300 dance pieces during his career as conductor and soloist in Europe and England, where he was extremely popular. "Elfin Waltz" was entered in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter, a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England, and it can be found in a few mid-to-latter 19th century musicians' manuscripts as well.

"Elfin Waltz" still has currency today in brass band repertory. See also Ira Ford's American version as "The Cotillion."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Howe (Diamond School for the Violin), c. 1861. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 11, p. 51. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 138. Trim (The Musical Legacy of Thomas Hardy), 1990; No. 45. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 176, p. 67 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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