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KAISER WALTZ. AKA - "Kyzer Waltz." American, Waltz. USA, Missouri. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Silberberg): AABB (Beisswenger & McCann): AA'BB' (Milliner & Koken). Missouri fiddling lore has it that the tune was brought home from World War I, picked up from German sources (hence given the title "Kaiser" in Missouri) by one of the uncles of fiddler Alton Jones [Beisswenger & McCann]. Mark Wilson suspects the story is apocryphal, however, as it has little of German musical style in it and is, in fact, 'bluesy'.
Source for notated version: Pete Martin [Silberberg]; Lonnie Robertson (1908-1981, Springfield, Mo.) [Beisswenger & McCann, Milliner & Koken].
Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Tunes), 2008; p. 118. Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 353. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 79.
Caney Mountain CLP-223, Lonnie Robertson – "Fiddle Tunes Ozark Style, vol. 2" (1979. Appears as "Kyzer Waltz").
Rounder CD 0375, Lonnie Robertson – "Lonnie's Breakdown" (1996. Originally recorded 1979).
See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources