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10. Jones, Edward. A selection of the most admired and original German waltzes

June 7, 2011

Jones, Edward (1752–1824)
A selection of the most admired and original German waltzes
London: printed for the editor, 1806

Box 583

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This collection of unattributed German waltzes was compiled by Edward Jones, Welsh harper, composer, and collector of national music. Jones composed and performed harp music for the Bach-Abel Concerts and taught harp playing to aristocratic amateurs. He is best known for three compilations of Welsh melodies: Musical and poetical relicks of the Welsh bards (1784), The bardic museum (1802), and Hên ganiadau cymru (1820); several of his published collections are listed at the bottom of the title page. The title page asserts his association with the royal family, as “Bard to the Prince of Wales,” and with a dedication to ten-year-old Charlotte, Princess of Wales, later Princess of Great Britain. As the only child of George IV, Charlotte was likely to become queen, but died tragically after giving birth to a stillborn child in 1817.

Jones, Edward. A selection of the most admired and original German waltzes. London: editor, 1806. Title page

An engraved illustration by Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827) has been hand-colored with watercolors, possibly by one of the princesses. The caption refers to a waltz in Goethe’s Werther, further identified on page 3 as “the Waltz which Werter and Charlotte are said to have first danced together.”

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