|Publisher:||Ditty Box Enterprises||Publication:||DBE 1132|
Length: approx. 3½ mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor doubled.
Jolly Dancers Ostende is Cobb's riposte to the piece by Maxwell Goldman entitled simply The Ostende written in 1910 and published by Buck & Lowney, St. Louis, Missouri. According to the cover of The Ostende, the dance was introduced to Europe (presumably from the swell and swish resort of Oostende, Belgium) by one Jacob Mahler who also wrote the dance description given in the sheet music. Goldman also wrote The 20th Century Ostende in the same year as Jolly Dancers Ostende - obviously some competition was going on here!
As to the dance itself, its form is AABBACCAB with a 4-bar introduction whereby the A-, B- and C-strains are written in the major keys of G, D and C respectively. It is a pleasant, flowing composition in keeping with the elegant ballroom scene depicted on the cover of the original sheet music..
Jolly Dancers Ostende was published by Charles I. Davis, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.