Margravine's Waltz (The)

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MARGRAVINE'S WALTZ, THE. AKA and see "Draper's Gardens (1)." English, Waltz (3/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody first appears in Thomas Preston's Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1799. The waltz was substituted for the original 3/4 time tune for the dance "Drapers Gardens," found in Playford's Dancing Master, 13th edition of 1706, and thus the "Margravine's Waltz" also is sometimes called "Draper's Gardens" by association. See Draper's Gardens (1) and Draper's Gardens (2) for more. The Margravine’s Waltz may have been named in honor of Lady Elizabeth Berkeley [1] (1750-1828), Margravine of Brandenburg-Anspach, composer herself, in addtion to being a playwright, author, traveler and socialite. The German title Margravine equating to the English Marchioness.

Lady Elizabeth Berkeley, Margravine of Brandenburg-Anspach

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Recorded sources: Front Hall FHR-010, Bill Spence and Fennig's All Stars - "The Hammered Dulcimer Strikes Again" (1977). James & Loretta McKinney - "Gems of the 19th Century" (2006).

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