Grand Canal Waltz

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GRAND CANAL WALTZ. American, Waltz (3/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. Composed by Michael Higgins, who issued a small collection of original compositions in New York City in 1829. Unfortunately, nothing is know of Higgins. The title "Grand Canal Waltz" probably honors the Erie Canal, also called The Grand Canal as well as Clinton's Folly and Clinton's Ditch. Construction began near Rome, New York, in June, 1817, and was completed in October, 1825, at which time Governor DeWitt Clinton opened the waterway and began a grand waterborne procession from Buffalo to New York City. The canal linked the Atlantic Ocean with the upper Great Lakes, and featured 83 locks that assisted a rise of 570 feet on its way to Lake Erie.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Higgins (Original Dances, Waltzes & Hornpipes for the Violin), 1829; p. 1.

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