Lady Caroline Lee's Waltz

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LADY CAROLINE LEE WALTZ. AKA and see "Lady Harriet Lee's Waltz." English, Waltz. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. "Lady Caroline Lee's Waltz" appears in a number of early 19th century publications and musicians manuscripts on both sides of the Atlantic. American printed sources include John Paff's Gentlemens Amusement No 2 (New York, c. 1812), Edward Riley's Flute Melodies, vol. 3 (New York, 1820), and E. Goodale's The Instrumental Director (Hallowell, 1819). It appears in several musicians' manuscript collections, including the John Fife manuscript (perhaps of Perthshire, keyboard player Ann Winnington's copybook (New York, 1810), begun in 1780, though entries continue for several decades), and Lincolnshire musician Thomas Sands' collection (1810). The waltz can also be found in the 19th century Joseph Kershaw Manuscript. Kershaw was a fiddle player who lived in the remote area of Slackcote, Saddleworth, North West England, who compiled his manuscript from 1820 onwards, according to Jamie Knowles. It is also found in Ann Winnington's music manuscript book, c. 1810 (No. 27). The inscription inside the front cover of her book indicates she lived in New York.

As "Lady Harriet Lee's Waltz" it was published in the early 19th century in Button & Whitaker's Selection of Dances, Reels, Waltzes No. 1.

Source for notated version: the 1823-26 music mss of papermaker and musician Joshua Gibbons (1778-1871, of Tealby, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire Wolds) [Sumner].

Printed sources: Knowles (The Joseph Kershaw Manuscript), 1993; No. 51. Sumner (Lincolnshire Collections, vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript), 1997; p. 80 (originally set in the key of 'C' major in the ms.).

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