The Lobster Glide (1909)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: M. Franklin Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 519
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Length: approx. 2¼ mins.
The Lobster Glide is an instrumental piece taken from the Ziegfeld show, The Girl from Rectors. In character with this type of dance of, it should be taken very slowly and is indeed thus scored. This recorder adaptation is an all tenor and bass affair bringing out well the sonorities of the elegant gliding melodies. The trio appears to be somewhat short, a mere 16 bars, and ends abruptly just crying out either for a repeat or a return to an earlier strain. Please experiment!
The cover of the original sheet shows an engaging showgirl elegantly sitting on the back of a lobster both of which being borne on the platter of a giant, corpulent, avuncular smiling waiter with a knowing wink. A design making a welcome break from the at times hideous caricatures of the early ragtime period and marks the advent of the elegance associated with glamorous dance duos.
The Lobster Glide was published by Mignon Ziegfeld The Great Eastern Music Publisher, New York, USA.
A tempo of 68 crotchets/min. is suggested.