Fairy Bell Waltz (The)

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FAIRY BELL WALTZ (THE). American, Waltz (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. "Fairy Bell Waltz" appears in the music manuscript copybook of American musician M.E. Eames, dated 1859. Unfortunately, nothing is known of Eames. "Ed. Howe Jr., 1845," is penciled in beside the title. "Fairy Bell Waltz" was a popular mid-19th century waltz composed by Edward Howe Jr. and published by Firth & Pond, New York, in 1845. Firth & Hall also published a version of "Fairy Bell Waltz" in 1853 with Pittsburgh-based German-American music dealer and popular music composer Henry Kleber prominent as the arranger. Howe seems to have been a composer and arranger of popular songs and church music, and may have been the Edward Howe Jr. who was Organist of the Church of the Messiah, New York City.

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