Blackhawk Waltz (The)

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 Theme code Index    1L3L5L 115L
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Bluegrass, Contest, Old-Time, Texas/Oklahoma
 Meter/Rhythm    Waltz/Valse/Vals
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    3/4
 Structure    AA'BB'
 Editor/Compiler    Stacy Phillips
 Book/Manuscript title    Traditional American Fiddle Tunes vol. 2
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 239
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1995
 Artist    Arbuckle, Mikkelson & Clifton
 Title of recording    Old Time Couple Dances
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Folkways FW8827
 Year recorded    1961
 Score   ()   

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BLACKHAWK WALTZ, THE. American, Waltz. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The original "Black Hawk Waltz" was composed by Mary E. Walsh (about whom nothing is known) and published in 1897. It was a very popular piece not only for listening and dancing, but for teaching (especially by piano teachers, as an elementary piece). Most sheet music covers feature a Native American theme, as the title honors the famed Chief Black Hawk (1767–1838), who gave his name to the conflict with Native Americans of 1832 (the only military combat experience of Abraham Lincoln), as the United States sought to evict the Sac and Fox tribes from the Illinois territory. As with most such conflicts it ended with the near-slaughter of the Indians, although Black Hawk himself survived imprisonment to return in 1833 to the remnants of his people who had been removed to Iowa. A huge statue was erected to him in 1911 near Oregon, Ill.

Source for notated version: Herman Johnson [Phillips].

Printed source: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 239.

Recorded sources: Folkways FW8827, Arbuckle, Mikkelson & Clifton - "Old Time Couple Dances" (1961). Rural Rhythm Records, Vassar Clements - "20 Fiddle Tunes and Waltz Favorites" (1998).