Spanish Waltz (1)

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X:1 T:Spanish Waltz [1] L:1/8 M:3/4 N:AABBCAABB. S:Elias Howe – Diamond School for the Violin (c. 1861) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G B/c/|dedcBA|G2 GFGB|A2 d2d2|B2 GABc|dedcBA|G2 GFGB|A2d2d2|G2 z2:| |:G2|F2d2d2|B2d2d2|f2d2d2|B2 cBAG|F2d2d2|B2d2d2|dedcBA|G3 z:| K:C c2|e4 d2|c4 Bc|d2g2g2|e2c2G2|e4 d2|c4 Bc|d2g2g2|c3z||



SPANISH WALTZ [1]. AKA and see “Mendon Waltz,” "Spanish Dance [?]." American, Waltz (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD. The tune dates to the 1820's as "Spanish Waltz" or "Spanish Dance," though there have been several other tunes and dances by the same name. The second and third strains (as printed by Matthieson) are also known as "Cinderella Waltz." Boston publisher Elias Howe printed a few versions of the tune, although earliest under the title "Mendon Waltz" from his First Part of the Musician's Companion (1842, p. 36). In Drawing Room Dances (1858) Howe printed a two-strain waltz circle mixer called “Spanish Dance” which still has currency at New England dances today--the same two parts appear as the first two parts of the four-part tune appearing in Lovett’s publication, referenced below). The ‘C’ and ‘D’ parts of the “Spanish Waltz [1]” form the melody “Green Hills of Tyrol (The),” points out Liz Stell. A Scottish dance called Spanish Waltz was also called the Waltz Country Dance and the Guaracha Waltz.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Benjamin B. Lovett’s Good Morning: Music, Calls and Directions for Old-Time Dancing as revived by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford (1943) [Matthiesen].

Printed sources : - Matthiesen (Waltz Book I), 1992; p. 46.






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