Rosebud of Avenmore is a really pretty waltz that I have heard people play in fiddle contests since I was a kid. I have to be honest and say that I have heard it many times, but I may not have played it all the way through before tonight.
It was listed as someone’s favorite (most beautiful) waltz in the thread on the Facebook Fiddler’s Association, so I have added it here. Enjoy!
Rosebud of Avenmore according to the Fiddler’s Companion
ROSE BUD OF ALLENVALE, THE. AKA and see “Rose of Sharon Waltz,” “Rose of Allendale,” “Rose(bud) of Avonmore,” “Rosebud of Allenvale,” “Roses of Ava Moore.” Scottish (originally), Canadian, Old-Time; Air (6/8 time) or Waltz. A Major. Standard tuning. AB. Composed by the great Scots fiddler and composer J. Scott Skinner (1843-1927), originally published in the 1920’s in his Cairngorm Series #9. The title sometimes appears as “The Rose of Allendale” and similar variants, and can be found in Midwest America under the title “Rose of Sharon Waltz.” (“The Rose of Allendale” is also the name of another famous melody, in common time), and “Roses of Ava Moore.” Missouri fiddler Howard Marshall writes: “we call this “Rose of Sharon” (for those of us who may have learned it off Howdy Forester’s old LP) or “Rosebuds of Aviemore” (there is a town in the Scottish Highlands south of Inverness named Aviemore; I’ve been there), or “Rosebuds of Avamore” (maybe a reference to the Ozark town of Ava MO where fiddler Bob Holt lives).” Missouri fiddler Gary Johnston (b. 1937) seems to emphasize this in his title “Roses of Ava Moore”, and Gordon McCann (Ozark Fiddle Music, 2008) says it is sometimes called by regional fiddlers as “Roses of Ever Moore.” Source for notated version: George MacPhee (b. 1941, Monticello, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman]. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 38. Matthiesen (Waltz Book II), 1995; pg. 49. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; pg. 174.
Michael Friedman says
Lovely musical performance !
Vi Wickam says
Thanks, Michael. It sure is a pretty melody.