Olga’s waltz

Also known as Olga, The Princess.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Olga's has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Olga's
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:FE|D2 G3 A|B4 c2|B6|A6|D2 F3 G|A4 B2|A6|G4- GF|
G2 B3 c|d4 e2|d6|c6|B2 D2 B2|B4 A2|G6-|G4:|
d^c|c2 E3 G|d4 c2|B2 D3 G|c4 B2|A2 C3 E|B4 A2|GA BF GE|D2 d3 ^c|
c2 E2 G2|d4 c2|B2 D2 G2|c4 B2|A2 C2 E2|B4 A2|G/A/G FG Bd|g4 f2||
fe ^de fe|A2 B2 c2|ed ^cd ed|G2 A2 B2|dc Bc dc|F2 d3 c|^A4 B2|G2 B2 d2|
fe ^de fe|A2 B2 c2|ed ^cd ed|G2 A2 B2|dc Bc AF|fe dc BA|G/A/G B2 d2|g4||
X: 2
T: Olga's
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:c2 B2|A2 d2 e2|f4 g2|f4 c2|e4 cB|A2 Bc d2|e4 f2|e3 f e2|d2 c2 B2|
A2 d2 f2|a4 b2|a3 b af|g4 g2|f2 A2 d2|f4 e2|d6-|d2:|
|:f2 g2|a2 d2 f2|a3 b af|g2 B2 d2|g4 gf|e2 A2 d2|f4 e2|d2 dc df|A3 a ab|
a2 d2 f2|a4 af|g2 B2 d2|g4 f2|e2 A2 d2|f4 e2|d4 [c2d2]|d2:|
X: 3
T: Olga's
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:cB|A2 d3 e|f4 g2|f6|e6|A2 c3 d|e4 f2|e4 c2|d4- dc|
d2 f3 g|a4 b2|a4 B2|g6|f2 A3 d|f4 e2|d6-|d4:|
a^g|g2 B3 d|a4 g2|f2 A3 d|g4 f2|e2 G3 B|f4 e2|de fc dB|A2 a3 ^g|
g2 B2 d2|a4 g/a/g|f2 A2 d2|g4- gf|e2 G2 B2|f4 e2|d/e/d cd fd|d'4 c'2||
c'b ^ab c'b|e2 f2 g2|ba ^ga ba|d/e/d e2 f2|ag fg ag|c2 a3 g|^e4 f2|d2 f2 a2|
c'b ^ab c'b|e2 f/g/f g2|ba ^ga ba|d2 e2 f2|ag fg ec|c'b ag fe|d/e/d f2 a2|d'4||

Five comments

“Olga’s Waltz”

Another fun waltz to play and dance to… 🙂

I’m not sure if there is a ‘composer’ for this one, but have a niggle in the back of my head that there is? 😏

X: 2 “Olga’s Waltz”

This transcription is from the whistle of one Robert/Robbie MacGowran, from his latest recording, “The Irish Way”, in an odd mix of 3/4 tunes as the 3rd of 3 making up track 3… It includes some of his light variations as they drop in during repeats.

“Robbie MacGowran: The Irish Way”

On he recording, not asking or checking, he’d just named it after the fellow musician he’d learned it from, calling it “Little’s”…

“Olga’s Waltz” ~ the ‘notes’

S: “The Kilfenora Ceili Band: Set On Stone”
N: Olga’s Waltz was obtained from Phil McMahon (Fintan’s and Aidan’s mother) who found it in an old music book at home.

? 😏 ? ~ Fintan’s (McMahon - piano) & Aidan’s (McMahon - fiddle) mother!?

I’d love to see the original transcription, and have more information on the source publication. I’ll keep looking. 😉

“Olga” or “The Princess Waltz” ~ C: Louis Antoine Jullien (1812-1860)

Further by the graces and considerations of Weejie - 8/2/2014

Feeling ill and miserable and lazy, with a repeatedly misfiring memory and a pronounced clumsiness ~ I sent out requests for help with regards to my muddled mental facalties and a want to make connections with respect to the provenance of this waltz ~ sent to two respected ‘dears’ who are members here ~ Weejie & Nigel Gatherer. That was very early this morning, between 1 & 2 a.m.? And, I’ve already had two positive responses from Weejie, one right after the other:

"The tune is (not quite as written) from the French composer Louis Antoine Jullien (1812-1860).
It was dedicated to Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (the one who lived from 1822-1892).
It was titled “Olga, or the Princess Waltz”.

There are copies of the original composition online, also an arrangement by “P Y Densari” in the Library of Congress archive. It was originally written in F Major."
~ & ~
“Apparently, it is in the ”Munster Pipers“ manuscripts - perhaps in Book ” of the ITMA publication (listed as Vol. 4 no. 130 - “The Olga Waltz”), and attributed to the Densari arrangement."
~ Weejie - 8/2/2014

Go raibh mile ma‘agat / Diolch yn fawr iawn / Much thanks & much appreciated ~ ’c’