Waltz Danced by Mr. Wilson on the Tight Rope (1) (A)

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X:1 T:Waltz Danced by Mr. Wilson on the Tight Rope, A M:3/8 L:1/8 R:Waltz B:James Davie - "Mrs. Gordon of Cairness Waltz" (4 page folio with 8 tunes, c. 1822) N:Davie (1783-1857) was a music seller and violinist who had a shop in Aberdeen. He was N:also a church choir master at St. Andrew's. Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G d/c/|B{f}gd|B{f}gd|cc/>B/c/>d/|BGd/c/|d{f}gd| cc/>B/c/>A/|G2::d|dba|afd|e/>^d/e/>f/g/>e/| afd|dba|afd|e/>^d/e/>f/g/>e/|d2 d/c/|B{f}gd|B{f}gd| cc/>B/c/>d/|BGd/c/|B{f}gd|B{g}gd|cc/>B/c/>A/|G2||



WALTZ DANCED BY MR. WILSON ON THE TIGHT ROPE [1], A.Scottish, Waltz (3/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "A Waltz Danced by Mr. Wilson on the Tight Rope" was printed by Aberdeen music seller and fiddler-composer James Davie (1783-1857), who included it in his folio of eight tunes entitled Mrs. Gordon of Cairness' Waltz (c. 1822). The title refers to a rope dance act in an early circus (the preceding tune in Davie's collection is "Circus Waltz"). Rope dancing was a popular entertainment of early circuses, which were equestrian-centered events. The Edinburgh Equestrian Circus was founded in 1790 by George and James Jones and lasted until about 1801. In the mid-1790's it became an adjunct to the Royal Circus in London, after the Joneses assumed the lease of the Royal Circus in 1794. Considering that Davie published his waltz twenty years after the demise of the Edinburgh venue, a more recent equestrian-centered event may have toured Aberdeen such as Cooke's Royal Circus.


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