Seminole (1904)
Last updated: 13.08.19
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Composer: E.A. van Alstyne Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 568
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Length: approx. 2¼ mins.
This march and two-step appears to be a companion piece to Alstyne's first big success, Navajo (1903) and indeed has many similarities. Its form is ABCDDC with an 8-bar introduction whereby the D strain is of 32 bars all the others having 16 bars. The piece opens somewhat sombrely but gathers in drama and intensity leading up to a triumphant finale with a most definite Fine. Unlike Navajo with its colourful front cover, the first page gracing Seminole is plain but effective with just the face of an almost Buddha-like Indian maid centred on a dark blue background.
Seminole was published by Shapiro, Remick & Co., Detroit & New York, USA.
A tempo of 180 crotchets/min. is suggested.