Lord Nelson's Waltz

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LORD NELSON'S WALTZ. AKA - "Nelson's Waltz." English, Waltz (3/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. This early waltz appears in Gilfert's Gentleman's Pocket Companion for the German Flute or Violin (New York, 1802) and Thomas Ball's The Gentleman's Amusement Book 2 (Nofolk, c. 1815), and in several British musicians' music manuscript collections of the early 19th century, including those of Thomas Sandsa and William Mittell (1799, New Romney, Kent). Stephen Campell finds it in an anonymous early 19th century English musician's manuscript set in the key of 'G', for the flute (as "Nelson's Waltz"). The waltz dance was introduced to England from the Continent in the latter 18th century, and was still considered a risque dance form in 1802, just prior to its fashioable adoption in the Regency period. and associating it with Horatio Nelson was perhaps not simply because he was a national hero. Nelson had been carrying on a widely publicized affair with Emma Hamilton, wife of a British diplomat and ambassador, and was considered quite scandelous, despite his martial achievements.

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