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MARCHIONESS OF TAVISTOCK'S WALTZ. English, Waltz. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBA. The Marchioness of Tavistock of the tune title may refer to Lady Anna Marie née Stanhope (1783-1857) who was the Marchioness of Tavistock before she became the Duchess of Bedford.

A self-portrait, c. 1810, of Lady Anna Maria Stanhope, Marchioness of Tavistock, later Duchess of Bedford

She was the elder of three daughters of Charles, 3rd Earl of Harrington, and a talented amateur artist who painted miniatures of her family and friends. She liked to dress her subjects up in the guise of angels, and the National Gallery of Ireland has a portrait of the artist, winged, with her sisters as cherubs. A different "Marchioness of Tavistock's Waltz" appears in John Paff's Gentlemen's Amusement No. 2 (New York, 1812).

Lady Anna with her sisters

The town of Tavistock, Devon, has held a fair, the Tavistock Goosey Fair, on the second Wednesday in October since the year 1105.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cahusac (Twenty Four Favorite Country Dances for the Year 1809), 1809; No. 13.

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