Orvetta Waltz (1)

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ORVETTA WALTZ [1]. American, Waltz (3/4 time). USA, Mo. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. A popular and much published waltz by this name [1] was composed by E.B. Spencer and published in Boston by Oliver Ditson Company, Washington Street, in 1879, however, it is a different melody than the "Orvetta Waltz" Missouri fiddler Vesta Johnson plays (see "Orvetta Waltz (2)" for the Spencer piece). Missouri fiddler Charlie Walden says Johnson told him she learned the melody as a girl in Chillicothe, Livingston County, Mo., but had no title for it. Later she heard a pianist friend play it from sheet music that had the title "Orvetta Waltz," which is what she called it thereafter. See also the cognate "Decorah Waltz" by the band Foot-Notes, from Decorah, Iowa.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Vesta Johnson (b. 1922, Missouri) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 72.

Recorded sources : - Marimac 9017, Vesta Johnson - "Down Home Rag." Voyager Records, Vesta Johnson - "Now That's a Good Tune" (1989).

See also listing at :
See/hear the tune played by Dan Levenson and Bob Carlin on youtube.com [2]
Hear Vesta Johnson's recording at Slippery Hill [3]
See John Lamancusa's standard notation transcription [4]



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