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Stand aside : Galop / by C.H.R. Marriott [music]
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Price 2s. 6d.
Provenance: Music seller's stamp: Henry Paskins / West Maitland.
Illustrated by Alfred Concanen.
Publication details:
London : Charles Sheard
1 score (7 p.) : illustration (cover) ; 35 cm.
The identity of the person who owned this piece of dance music for piano is uncertain, but we know it belonged to a family who lived in country New South Wales. ‘Stand Aside’ was bound into a volume of piano dance music towards the end of
the nineteenth century with pieces owned by at least four different people. One of these, Alice Mecham née Martyr (1850-1878), lived with her husband and two young children on a large pastoral property, ‘Gournama’, near Warialda, on the North West Slopes of New South Wales. Dying at ‘Gournama’ at the age of 28, Alice’s lively dance music has a particular poignancy. This piece is one of two in the volume that were purchased from music retailer, Henry Paskins, in West Maitland, and may have been picked up on a journey between northern New South Wales and Sydney. ‘Stand Aside’ belongs to the galop genre, which is a quick and lively dance in duple time that was among the most popular forms of ballroom dance in the nineteenth century. Derived from the galloping movement of horses, this physical dance would last no longer than two or three minutes and would usually be the rousing finish to an evening of dancing. No other copy of this English publication has been located in Australia or overseas.  - MS and CF