Misty Moonbeams (1907)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: M.E. Williams Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T+D/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 960
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
Misty Moonbeams appears to have been commissioned by the Iris Theatre, New York for use in accompanying photo-plays and silent films by their own theatre orchestra. This three-step redowa (a society waltz-type dance originating in Bohemia which enjoyed popularity in European ballrooms in Victorian times) is a graceful and pretty affair with some nice touches. Its form is basically AABBCBA with a 4-bar introduction and a fine tootling 16-bar interlude between the final B- and A-strains. Its effect is a little hypnotic and may be repeated indefinitely just the stuff for romantic dancing by moonlight!.
Misty Moonbeams was published by J.W. Jenkins' Sons Music Co., Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 120 crotchets/min. is suggested.