Fascination Waltz by F. Marchetti Classic Banjo

A delightful 1904 Waltz arranged for Classic Banjo by Steve Harrison and myself. Lynn, my wife and dedicated ballroom dancer arranged the piano accompaniment...

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Comment by thereallyniceman on September 20, 2013 at 16:30

I have never been terribly good at the sugary stuff... I think that it must be the cast iron fingertips and gnarled hands of toil :-)

I have a fully fingered score for this and will add it to the MUSIC LIBRARY later.

Comment by Mike Moss on September 20, 2013 at 16:48

Well done, Ian, Lynn and Steve! I listened to the waltz earlier and I wasn't sure about how it would turn out, but this is very effective indeed. The banjo gives it a vintage, nostalgic tone.

Comment by marc dalmasso on September 20, 2013 at 18:06

+++++++++++++++++ YES

all perfect item & services Thanks +++++

Comment by Steve Harrison on September 20, 2013 at 21:29

Well played Ian and Lynne..it's a great demonstration of what is achievable on banjo with a little imagination and musicality. I look forward to seeing the finished score...Steve.

Comment by thereallyniceman on September 21, 2013 at 9:56

The reason that I chose Fascination Waltz (a piece of music probably never played on banjo before) was due to a string of coincidences that I will now bore you with :-)


A couple of weeks ago “she who must be obeyed” informed me that I needed to get away from the computer, get away from the banjo, get some fresh air and take her out for lunch in Blackpool


and then on to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom to listen to  John Bowdler playing the Mighty Wurlitzer.



… and yes, he played Fascination Waltz. Lynn then told me that it was her favourite waltz music for dancing in the ballroom (I don’t dance as due to a rare genetic defect I was born with two left feet)

… So Fascination Waltz it had to be.


YouTube and Google were my friends and I found that the original song "Fascination" is a popular French song written in 1904/5 by Maurice de Féraudy (1859-1932) and Dante Pilade "Fermo" Marchetti (1876-1940).


When I found a copy of the score the coincidences returned…. and I simply had to play it.


Look who wrote the English Lyrics for the piece… coincidence ????


I have added the score to the MUSIC LIBRARY and here if you want to download a PDF version:



Comment by Trapdoor2 on September 21, 2013 at 13:03

Ah yes...fascinating! Well done all!

Comment by Michael Hughes on September 30, 2013 at 11:41

Ah! Lovely job, Ian and Lynn! I've always been a sucker for a good waltz:)

Comment by German David Patarroyo on October 8, 2013 at 4:31

I had not watched the video Ian! what a nice waltz!

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