Waltz Quadrille (1)

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WALTZ QUADRILLE [1]. American, Canadian; Waltz (3/4 time). Canada, Ontario. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB, ABCD. The waltz-quadrille was an old dance popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, at which time it was probably the favorite throughout North America, although now almost forgotten. In many regions it was the last number on every dance program the good-night waltz. Each couple danced it through four times, or sixteen times in all. R.P. Christeson's version of the tune is a generic-titled medley that he suspected his source had cobbled together. Paul Gifford knows the waltz-quadrille as a singing call from the 1920’s, and believes it may have been one of the first of the genre. A singing call was recorded in Montreal by the Ontario based group George Wade and his Cornhuskers in the 1930's, and begins:

On top of Mount Sanders now there you belie,
The lady's all right, and the dance fills the night;
Honor your partners, now don't be afraid,
To swing on the corner with a waltz promenade.

Lloyd Shaw printed these singing calls:

Once she'll be your girl, once she'll be mine,
Hurry up there young fellow, you're getting behind;
You're waltzing and talking and sure to forget,
To waltz the young lady back into the set.

Your heart is fast beating, your mind's in a whirl,
You're contented to dance all night with this girl;
You're happy, she's happy, too happy to sing,
But remember you're dancing and stay in the ring.

The music plays softly, the lights are so low,
Don't hurry, there's plenty of time yet to go;
By hustling and bustling ou're sure to regret,
That you crowded some couple right out of the set.

You're waltzing, she's waltzing, so graceful and gay,
Her hand on your shoulder. She's in heaven today;
Her hand seems to tremble, her eyes are alight,
This is the last waltz, so whisper "good-night."

The first strains of "Waltz Quadrille (2)" and "Waltz Quadrille (3)" are similar.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Zeke Holdren (Lincoln, Nebraska) [Christeson].

Printed sources : - R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddler’s Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; No. 245, p. 204.

Recorded sources : - Victor 216578b (78 RPM), George Wade and his Cornhuskers (c. 1930's).




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