Geraldine (1915)
Last updated: 14.04.18
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Composer: T.H. Lodge Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet A(T)/T/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE374
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Length: approx. 4 ¾ mins.
Geraldine is a fine, graceful and charmingly romantic hesitation waltz. The young lady, presumably Geraldine, illustrated on the cover of the original sheet music positively invites one to waltz the night away. The composition opens with a 16-bar introduction which should be played very softly, the 3rd tenor has the melody and should be clearly heard above the upper three voices providing the chord accompaniment. Following the introduction, the waltz proper has an AABACCBA form concluded by a 12-bar presto. To bring out the waltz character it is vital to vary tempi to give a feeling of "hanging-in-the-air" so characteristic of such pieces. Of note, the Brio section commencing at bar 115 is strongly reminiscent of Euphemia Allen's The Celebrated Chop Waltz (1877).
Geraldine was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 160 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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