Sheet Music: Philadelphia Hop Waltz

TitlePhiladelphia Hop Waltz
ComposerJames Hemmenway (1792–1859)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyC major
Time signature2/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time1:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2018-04-05
Last updated2018-04-05
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Thursday 5 April 2018

Tune of the Day: Philadelphia Hop Waltz

arranged for two flutes

This polka-like “hop waltz” was composed by James Hemmenway around 1815. Hemmenway was an African-American composer, trumpeter and band leader, a native of Philadelphia, and, like his competitor in the city, Frank Johnson, was one of the first generation of classically trained African-American musician-composers in the United States.

The present arrangement for two flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.