Flatworld waltz

By Andy Cutting

Also known as Flat World.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

Flatworld has been added to 15 tune sets.

Flatworld has been added to 198 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Flatworld
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:f ef|"Bm"df cf Bf|"G"G2 Bc dB|"Em"g2 gf ed|"F#m"c3 f ef|
"Bm"df cf Bf|"G"G2 gf ed|"A"cB ce dc|1 "Bm"B3:|2 "Bm"B4 F2||
|:"Bm"Bc dB ba|"G"g2 gf ed|"A"cd ec ag|"F#m"f2 fe dc|
"G"Bc dB gf|"Em"e2 ed cB|1 "F#m"c2 ce ^de|c3 c =dc:|2 "A"cB ce dc|"Bm"B3||
# Added by Mario .
X: 2
T: Flatworld
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
"Am"ceBeAc|"F"F2fedc|"G"B2BdcB|1 "Am"A3ede:|2 "Am"A6|
"Dm"d2dcBA|1 "Bm"B2Bd^cd|"E7"B3BcB:|2 "E7"B2BdcB|"Am"A3||
X: 3
T: Flatworld
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
GB FB EB|c2 EF GE|c2 cB AG|F3 B ^AB|
GB FB E/F/G|c3 B AG|FE FA GF|1 E3:|2 E6||
|:EF G/F/E ed|c3 B AG|FG A/G/F dc|Bc Ac BG|
E>F GE cB|A3 G FE|1 F2 FA ^GA|F2 F/E/D GF:|2 F^E FA GF|E3||

Twelve comments

Just keep spinning and spinning…

One of the most beautiful waltzes ever!

Like so many of Andy Cutting’s tunes, this piece is a real cracker.

It’s often played with another of Andy’s tunes, In a Continental Mood:


Originally in A-Minor, but I transposed it up to B-Minor.

Let’s go waltzin’!

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Why B-Minor?

I would prefer the original key and the notation from Blowzabella with guitarchords:

C:Andy Cutting
B:Blowzabella / New Tunes for Dancing
B:1 Gilbert’s Corner, Baltonsborough, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8RB
B:ISBN 0-9549013-0-4 ISMN M-9002107-0-8
“Am”ceBeAc|“F”F2fedc|“G”B2BdcB|1 “Am”A3ede:|2 “Am”A6|!
“Dm”d2dcBA|1 “Bm”B2Bd^cd|“E7”B3BcB:|2 “E7”B2BdcB|“Am”A3||

Well, I didn’t take the melody from a printed source, Blowzabella or not, but from the ‘Panic At The Café’ recording by Nigel & Andy.

As a matter of fact, here in Germany, a lot of people tend to play the tune in B-Minor (at least the Irish fraction, the Bal Folk people play it in proper A-Minor), so I deceided to put it down in B instead of A.

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I was taught this tune by Karen Tweed as ‘Flatweld’

Yet Another Key…

The recording by Rodney Miller and Airdance is actually in E minor. Great key for flute and whistle and gives it a nice dark sound…

“Flatworld” C: Andy Cutting ~ a take in e minor

T: Flatworld
C: Andy Cutting
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: e minor
|: B ^AB |\
GB FB EB | c2 EF GE | c2 cB AG | F3 B ^AB |
GB FB E/F/G | c3 B AG | FE FA GF |[1 E3 :|[2 E6 |]
|: EF G/F/E ed | c3 B AG | FG A/G/F dc | Bc Ac BG |
E>F GE cB | A3 G FE |[1 F2 FA ^GA | F2 F/E/D GF :|[2 F^E FA GF | E3 |]

Flat World by Andy Cutting (I think)

Can anyone here please tell me the “original” key this tune was in? I have learnt it in A minor from various recordings on youtubey and have been playing it at a regular session only to be told that I’m in the wrong key and it should be E minor. I’m quite happy to play it in “their” key as opposed to “mine” but I would really like to know the correct key. If you know the album its on that would be a bonus for me)
The rather wonderful Laura Silverstein (check her out on Spotify) also plays it in A minor so I’m sort of hoping that A minor is “correct”.
Happy Christmas and happy New Year to all btw.

Re: Flat World by Andy Cutting (I think)

Well the dots are published in Blowzabella’s “New Tunes for Dancing” in A minor , and I would guess that has come straight from the horses mouth.

Re: Flat World by Andy Cutting (I think)

Have you looked it up one the Tunes page? According to t
he comments here
https://thesession.org/tunes/7859 , A minor is the original key.

For what it’s worth, I’ve always heard it played in Am in sessions and that is my preferred key to play it in.

Original Key

Andy posted this on melodeon net

Just for information. I wrote it in the top octave in E minor on my D/G box which is where I recorded it and play it with Chris Wood. With Blowzabella I play it in A minor in the bottom octave still on my DG box. It makes me very happy that so many people like and play this tune.


Re: Flatworld

Will Pound plays his own version of Flatworld - if you get chance to hear it do!

Re: Flatworld

This sounds like it would work well as a jig too.