Soldiers of Fortune (1901)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: L.V. Gustin Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 427
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
Soldiers of Fortune appears to have been written to celebrate one Cheridah Simpson shown posing with drawn and raised sword held aloft as d'Artagnan, one of three musketeers, on the cover of the original sheet music. The march itself is a lively and spirited affair in keeping with its title. Its form is AABBACCCC with a 4-bar introduction and two interludes of 4 and 8-bars separating the AC and CCCC-strains respectively. The time signature change from 6/8 to common when commencing the strain - a device which surprises and keeps the performers on their toes in making a smooth, unruffled change. All-in-all it can be said to be typical Gustin!
Soldiers of Fortune was published by Whitney-Warner Publishing Co., Detroit, Michigan, USA.
A tempo of 180 crotchets/min. is suggested.