|Publisher:||Ditty Box Enterprises||Publication:||DBE 490|
Length: approx. 3½ mins. Sounds best if the 2nd tenor is doubled.
Old Faithful is a great march two step in AABBCC form with a 4-bar introduction whereby the A/B strains are each of 16 bars and written in C-major whilst the C-strain is of 48 bars in F-major. An all tenor/bass affair, the right balance has to be found to let the 1st tenor, who has the melodies from start to finish, shine. The Old Faithful in question is apparently mankind's oldest and most loyal servant depicted in chocolate box quality on the cover of the original sheet music. The strains are melodious with a hints of Blaze-Away! (1901) here and there. There are also nice passages where the basses come to the fore in dialogue with the upper voices. A fine march indeed!
Old Faithful was published by Leo Feist, New York, USA.
A tempo of 180 crotchets/min. is suggested.