Buffalo Means Business (1909)
March Two Step With Text
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Composer: G.L. Cobb Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1111
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Buffalo Means Business is an unashamed commercial for the industrial city of Buffalo, New York which, according to the march's text once housed half a million folks. The march has an AABBACCA form with a 4-bar introduction which doubles as an interlude prior to the final A-strain and a further 16-bar interlude after the CC-strains whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of Bb and Eb respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet, the treble voice will especially enjoy the solos in the A-strain and the 16-bar interlude. For those ensembles that wish to perform an authentic rendition then here is the text to be sung to the C-strain:
Buffalo means Business, Buffalo means Business;
If you want it verified, call on the trade,
Ev'rywhere prosperity, Join the Parade;
Buffalo means Business, Buffalo means Business;
Steamers, railroads by the score, Industries galore;
Half a million folks astir in Buffalo.

The cover of the original sheet music shows a Red Indian wielding a lasso stood on the back of a placid buffalo much in keeping with the spirit of the composition.
Buffalo Means Business was published by Louis C. Snyder, , USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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