Beautiful Lady (1912)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: E.A. van Alstyne Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 562
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Length: approx. 4½ mins.
Beautiful Lady is a charming composition of sentimental, easy-on-the-ear and easy-to-play waltz tunes. A lengthy piece, its form is ABACDA with a 28-bar introduction and a final 7-bar Pesante. The scored tempo changes should be observed to achieve the desired "swinging" waltz effect so beloved by waltz composers great and small.
Whoever the smiling, boa-attired beautiful lady shown on the cover of the original sheet music might be is lost, perhaps forever, in the murky fog of ragtime era history. The identity of this 20th century Mona Lisa will probably never be revealed - who knows!
Beautiful Lady was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 180 crotchets/min. is suggested.