Trouville Canter (1914)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: H. Woolford Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A(T)/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 762
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Length: approx. 4 mins. This piece sound best if the 1st bass plays the lower notes of chords only.
Trouville Canter is a pleasant, almost dreamy smooth-going composition its form being a 4-bar introduction followed by AABCCBB strains and a jokey 2-bar dum-diddy-da-da dum dum coda. This piece is as obscure as its composer. The front cover of the proudly proclaims that the dance is as introduced by Wallace McCutcheon and Vera Maxwell, originators of the original fox trot. Research has been unable to confirm the verity of this claim. Brief single word references for the pair have been found in connection with the film industry whereby they were listed as ballroom dancers with Kalem Pictures in 1914. Vera Maxwell is linked with Ziegfeld in 1912 and Wallace McCutcheon is known to have danced the Merry Widow Waltz with Mae Murray. As to the title, it is pure conjecture on my part that there is a French connection here. Many American dancers went to Europe and especially France to study and work out new dances meeting popular demands for tangos, fox trots and other animal dances at that period of time.
Trouville Canter was published by Kalmar & Puck Music Co. Inc, New York, USA.
A tempo of 120 crotchets/min. is suggested.