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    Floral Dance

    I'm stretching the category a bit here. When I saw the movie "Brassed Off" I heard some great music played in actuality by Grimethorpe Colliery Band. One I really liked was "Floral Dance." Most impressive to me was the way the band built this one 8-bar phrase gradually louder - REALLY gradually and all together. Anyway, only recently have I heard the lyrics, which mention "euphonium" (see the 3rd paragraph of lyrics). I'll post them below, along with a link to a vocal version of the song.

    VOCAL VERSION:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3Y4HufJ1oE

    MOVIE SOUNDTRACK INSTRUMENTAL:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRI0Fjo8waM

    Music and lyrics by Katie Moss, 1911


    As I walked home on a Summer night
    When stars in Heav'n were shining bright
    Far away from the footlight's glare
    Into the sweet and scented air
    Of a quaint old Cornish town
    Borne from afar on the gentle breeze

    Joining the murmur of the summer seas
    Distant tones of an old world dance
    Played by the village band perchance
    On the calm air came floating down

    I thought I could hear the curious tone
    Of the cornet, clarinet and big trombone
    Fiddle, 'cello, big bass drum
    Bassoon, flute and euphonium
    Far away, as in a trance
    I heard the sound of the Floral Dance

    And soon I heard such a bustling and prancing
    And then I saw the whole village was dancing
    In and out of the houses they came
    Old folk, young folk, all the same
    In that quaint old Cornish town

    Every boy took a girl 'round the waist
    And hurried her off in tremendous haste
    Whether they knew one another I care not
    Whether they cared at all, I know not
    But they kissed as they danced along.

    And there was the band with that curious tone
    Of the cornet, clarinet and big trombone
    Fiddle, 'cello, big bass drum
    Bassoon, flute and euphonium
    Each one making the most of his chance
    All together in the Floral Dance

    I felt so lonely standing there
    And I could only stand and stare
    For I had no boy with me
    Lonely I should have to be
    In that quaint old Cornish town.

    When suddenly hast'ning down the lane
    A figure I knew I saw quite plain
    With outstretched hands he came along
    And carried me into that merry throng
    And fiddle and all went dancing down.

    We danced to the band with the curious tone
    Of the cornet, clarinet and big trombone
    Fiddle, 'cello, big bass drum
    Bassoon, flute and euphonium
    Each one making the most of his chance
    Altogether in the Floral Dance.

    Dancing here, prancing there
    Jigging, jogging ev'rywhere
    Up and down, and round the town
    Hurrah! For the Cornish Floral Dance
    Last edited by davewerden; 01-23-2021 at 05:59 PM.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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