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The grandest of Victorian balls, those where the elite of society gavotted and waltzed their way through a splendorous evening, employed an orchestra of the finest musicians to entice guests to dance.  Here in The Grand Victorian Ballroom the echoes of that same sumptuous sound are recreated once more by the Orchestra of the Gilded Age, beckoning ladies and gentlemen to the most opulent of dance floors, where flickering globe lamps cast their warm, yellow glow.

In the full, rich style of the period, Jeffrey Hunter has recreated orchestrations of long-forgotten, cherished dance tunes from the decades of the Civil War and its aftermath. Much of this music has not been heard for a century.  Mr. Hunter has brought it back to life with all the elegance and flair of the era.  You can almost hear the rustling of skirts as you step into the Grand Victorian Ballroom...

The Grand Victorian Ballroom


(Offenbach/Arr. J. S. Knight, 1868)
1. Figure 1: 'Tis a Famous Regiment [2:13]
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2. Figure 2: Piff, Paff, Pouf [2:03] (
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3. Figure 3: Chanson du Regiment [1:46] (
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4. Figure 4: Fritz's Complaint [2:11] (
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5. Figure 5: Drinking Song [4:05] (
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6. The Fairy Wedding Waltz (Joseph W. Turner, Op. 120, 1863) [3:18] (
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7. Chorus Jig (American Traditional) ABCB X7 [4:30] (
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8. Storm Schottisch (Edward Mack, 1865) [2:56] (
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9. Basile's Galop (Basile Barés, Op. 9, 1869) [2:40] (
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10. Our Triumph at Manassas Fantaisie Mazurka (Mrs. C. McC., 186-?) [3:34] (
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11. Mount Vernon Polka (Hauser, 185-?) [3:06] (
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12. Rainbow Schottisch (Henry Kleber, 1851) [2:50] (
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13. Pelican Grand Waltz (C. F. Yagle, 1861) [5:33] (
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14. Argyle Polka (William Dressler, 1851) [3:28] (
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(Société Académique des Professeurs de Danse de Paris, 1859)
15. Figure 1: Le Saluts [1:56] (
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16. Figure 2: Le Chaine Croisèe [2:24] (
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17. Figure 3: La Corbielle [2:26] (
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18. Figure 4: La Double Pastourelle [2:30] (
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19. Figure 5: Les Tourbillons [3:20] (
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Rustic Reel (American Traditional) AAB X7 [3:03] (audio sample)

All arrangements and orchestrations by Jeffrey Hunter ©2012

Total playing time 59:52




1-5. La Grande Duchesse Lancers Quadrille, D-major 1868. Arranged by J. S.Knight, this quadrille was based on popular music by Jacques Offenbach, specifically his opéra bouffe, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, which premiered on April 12, 1867, in Paris. The dance instructions for this charming quadrille are available in the accompanying book of sheet music (see below).
6. Fairy Wedding Waltz, Op. 120, C-major by J. W. Turner, 1863. The Fairy Wedding of General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren in 1863 was a lavish affair held at Grace Episcopal Church in New York City. The General, who was born Charles Sherwood Stratton, stood three feet four inches tall as an adult, and performed throughout the world under the direction of P. T. Barnum. This gentle waltz, which commemorates the event, is celebrated for its charming glissando and gentle melody.
7. Chorus Jig, G-major, American traditional. This simple contra dance, which is loved because of its lively tune, appeared in The Musical Cabinet (1822), published by T. M. Baker in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The dance instructions for this improper contra dance are available in the accompanying book of sheet music (see below).
8. Storm Schottisch, composed by E. Mack, F-major, 1865. The German American composer Edward Mack who composed this tune wrote the music for “Iʼll Give to You a Paper of Pins.”
9. Basileʼs Galop, Op. 9, C-major, 1869. A former slave, Basile Barés made his career as a composer and pianist in the New Orleans area.
10. Our Triumph at Manassas Fantasie Mazurka, Ab-major, 186-? Like other proper gentlewomen of her time, Mrs. C. McC., the composer of this piece, did not identify herself. The title bears the inscription, “Dedicated to the Confederate Guards of New Orleans.” Since the mazurka is in 3/4 time, this piece may also be danced as a waltz.
11. Mount Vernon Polka, A-major, 185-? The original sheet music indicates this delightful polka was composed by Hauser. We have been unable to find any definite information regarding this particular composer.
12. Rainbow Schottisch, Eb-major, 1851. Henry Kleber, who wrote this schottisch, is known to be one of Stephen Fosterʼs music teachers. Born in Darmstadt, Germany, Mr. Kleber came to Pittsburgh where he and his brother founded a thriving music firm. According to the Pittsburgh Music History website, "Henry Kleber, an accomplished and versatile musician, was a major influence in the development of the musical culture of
Pittsburgh. He exerted his influence as a performer, composer, music merchant, impresario, and teacher."
13. Pelican Grand Waltz, A-major, 1861. This waltz is found in The Southern Galaxy, A Collection of Beautiful Melodies Composed in Honor of the Confederate States of America by C. F. Yagle who also composed “Jefferson Davis Grand March.”
14. Argyle Polka, Opus 21, F-major, 1851. This polka, written by the prolific nineteenth century American composer and arranger, William Dressler, bears the inscription, “To: Mrs. L. D. Shipman” on the front cover.
15-19. Prince Imperial or Ladies Quadrille as taught by the Principal Professors of Europe and at the Academies of L. de Garmo Brookes, D-major. Published in New York in 1860, this unique quadrille is unlike the more familiar Lancers Quadrille. It employs very graceful steps to accompany the spirited music. The dance instructions for this lovely quadrille are available in the accompanying book of sheet music (see below).
20. Rustic Reel, F-major, American Traditional. This threesome-facing-threesome contra dance, according to The Ball-room instructer [sic], 1841, ". . . is continued until the master of the ceremonies thinks it has been gone equally through, and generally finishes the evening's festivity, and ought not to be used at any other time.” The instructions for this contra dance are available in the accompanying book of sheet music

Sheet music for

This edition includes all the music featured on the Grand Victorian Ballroom CD in clean, easy-to-read, modern versions of the original nineteenth century piano sheet music. The dance figures for the quadrilles and contra dances are included with the music. Includes 41 pages of music and is spiral bound for ease of use.


Purchase Sheet Music HERE

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