The Crush Collision March (1896)
Last updated: 02.11.18
Composer: S. Joplin Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A+S/A/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 011
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Length: approx. 5½ mins. Sounds best with doubled 2nd treble and bass.
There are four sections using major F, F, B-flat and B-flat.
This is a real fun piece! The (Great) Crush Collision March is the first of eight published Joplin marches and which Joplin dedicated to the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway (M. K. & T. Ry.). This is quite a special piece commemorating a publicity stunt in the form of a staged train crash organised by William George Crush, an agent of the said railway company. Some 40,000 spectators travelling with M. K. & T. Ry excursion trains turned up for the event on September 15, 1896. Two locomotives, painted red and green, and towing wagons loaded with sleepers were placed approx. 2 miles apart before being set in motion at full speed, their crews having jumped out. The resulting 60 mph collision was spectacular to put it mildly - the boilers exploded killing three onlookers and many were injured including a photographer who lost an eye from a flying bolt.
The (Great) Crush Collision March was published by John R. Fuller, Temple, Texas, USA.
A tempo of 140 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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