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“In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree”
E. Van Alstyne
©Joseph H. Remick & Co., NY 1905
Arranged by Merv Rowley
This selection is highly sentimental,
following the earlier Victorian tradition of slow waltz
music. The arrangement here is for the chorus only, a
story of true love pledged between two young people. Not
seen here, however, are the verses that explain the sad
ending and the significance of the apple tree, where the
young lady has promised to wait for the return of her
lover. (She becomes ill and dies while waiting, having
requested her family to bury her under the apple tree in
fulfillment of her promise)!
Unlike the diatonic Victorian ballads,
however, this one has numerous chromatic notes (D#, G#
and F-natural) used in the melody, plus color chords B,
B7 and E7. Notice also the “hesitations” in the rhythm,
unlike the traditional 1-2-3, 1-2-3… of waltzes.
This shows the influence of ragtime and its
syncopation. This song became an early favorite of
barbershop quartet singers, and remains so to this day.
Van Alstyne wrote many other songs besides this one, including Pretty
Baby and Memories.
by Merv Rowley
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