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Fake Oriental Marches


Keith O. Edwards

 Genre: Piano

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I seriously believe that commercial recording has degraded music. Before recordings became widely available, every home had musical instruments in it, and people made their own music. Many homes had a piano, usually a loud upright, and in the piano's bench there was always a stack of sheet music --songs and easy piano pieces. This old style of music is a guilty pleasure of mine. I collect old sheet music, and although much of it is obviously kitsch, I still marvel at its harmonic complexity.

A popular style of the 18th and 19th centuries was music that was supposed to sound exotic. The Song of India by Rimsky-Korsakov remained so popular that it was a hit for Tommy Dorsey's big band in the 1940s. Both Mozart and Beethoven wrote popular "Turkish" pieces. Since the market for Turkish marches is thus saturated, I wrote a Persian March in the style of the 19th century.

It's an easy piece to learn and the sheet music is available for a nominal fee at my SibeliusMusic page where you can also watch the music go by as the tune plays.

Immediately following my Persian March is an example of the type of music I was trying to mimic. It's the Marche Tartare written in about 1912 by Louis Gaston Ganne (1862-1923). For many years he was the orchestra leader at the Grande Casino at Monte Carlo, and he wrote numerous popular songs, operettas, and marches. If you see news footage of a ceremonial event in France, chances are you'll hear Louis Ganne's Father of Victory march being played in the background.
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Uploaded: Dec 20, 2005 - 10:06:00 PM
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2010 - 11:32:03 PM Last Played: Apr 25, 2019 - 02:51:45 AM
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dreadmon said 4900 days ago (December 21st, 2005)
Candy for the ears and brain
I knew I'd like this from the moment I saw the title in the "Rate Me" section. This is, quite simply, a lovely piece of work. It took me to a far-off place (and that far-off time that you mention in your description, when piano was king) and I was so disappointed when it was over. How did you enter this into Sibelius? I only heard perhaps two notes that seemed a little truncated in rhythm, other than that - just a gorgeous selection. I'm a new fan, and will be definitely be keeping my eyes open for new entries from you!

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thetiler said 4900 days ago (December 21st, 2005)
thanks for sharing
this gem!
Good work! Very interesting. Nice to hear terrifc piano here at MJ.
Lots of great stuff going on here!
Nice ending to the first one.

Like the Ganne tune as well! Like zip to it, interesting accentuations in the
dancing old timey feel.

Interesting stuff, like this type of nostalgia classical stuff.

Good going! Thanks for sharing these gems of the past.
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bgmusicmkr said 4900 days ago (December 21st, 2005)
nice sound and style. I like this song.
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kristyjo said 4891 days ago (December 30th, 2005)
How Cool!
I think you've got the style down! My dad played a lot of this stuff in jr
high, I'm told, but then got into JAZZ in the late 1930's and by the time I
was around, he was playing Floyd Cramer all the time. However, we've still
got a bunch of the sheet music & etude magazines from grandma's music
cabinet. You're right - a lot of it is very kitchy, but there are some real
nuggets of gold, too. This is just great. I missed it when you first posted,
but I'm glad I finally got here to listen to it.
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