The Goose Step (1915)
Last updated: 19.07.18
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Composer: E. Platzmann Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1089
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
The Goose Step is another worthy companion, during the craze for furred and feathered trots and dances so popular and prevalent in 1915, to titles such George Linus Cobb's Rabbit's Foot (1915), James Reese Europe's The Castle Doggy or Melville Morris's The Kangaroo Hop (1915). The cover of the original sheet music predictably shows a pair elegant geese, well - wait for it - proudly goose stepping under the gaze of happy hatted avian spectators. Its form is AABBACC with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of F and Ab respectively. It is characterised by thumping chords and scored with strong accents for the melody voices more-or-less throughout. A little, short and without a firm ending, one is tempted to repeat the A- and B-strains and to improvise a resounding finish. Please experiment!
The Goose Steps was published by Church, Paxson and Co, New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested