Arbutus Waltz (1897)
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Composer: W.H. Krell Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet A/T/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 935
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Length: approx. 6½ mins.
The Arbutus Waltz is a fine, swinging elegant dance composition of which it is easy to imagine Chicago's rich and beautiful swirling round a society ballroom under Krell's elegant baton. The waltz starts with a 24.-bar introduction, the first 8 bars of which are in common time before changing over to a waltzes three-quarter time. It is followed by 2 waltz melodies and concluded by a coda containing strains from the 1st waltz.
An arbutus is, as everyone knows, an evergreen ericaceous tree of the genus Arbutus, having white or pink clusters of flowers and strawberry-like fruits. Perhaps the title refers to a long forgotten ballroom or maybe, if it is not stretching things too far, is an oblique reference to the Mayflower, as the same-named plant is known in America as a trailing arbutus. Who knows?
Arbutus Waltz was published by S. Brainard's Sons Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 120 crotchets/min. is suggested.