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Age of Bronze

Original Sheet Music Cover Original Sheet Music Cover
(1913)



Listen to long-lost
MARCH OF THE GOLDEN IMPS
by Louis F. Gottschalk
from The Tik-Tok Man of Oz


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MARCH OF THE GOLDEN IMPS
from THE TIK-TOK MAN OF OZ

Music by Louis F. Gottschalk

This fascinating and little-known piece of orchestral music from L. Frank Baum and Louis F. Gottschalk's 1913 musical The Tik-Tok Man of Oz was first discovered by the late James Patrick Doyle and me in early 2001. Since this piece is not listed on the published sheet music, one wonders if other pieces of instrumental music might have been published, too, and are still unknown.

After I obtained copies of the published piano reduction, James proceeded to orchestrate it. This was one of the last things James completed before his untimely death in 2002.

The March of the Golden Imps was a piece of orchestral music from Act II of the show. The piece is set in the Nome King's Metal Forest and was a number to show off the chorus girls' glittery talents. The Imps March seems to have replaced an earlier orchestral piece called The Dance of the Fireflies. It seems, too, to be a re-hash of The Phantom Patrol from the 1903 Wizard of Oz musical. An early script of Tik-Tok Man describes the action of the Imps as follows:

Flash [known in the Oz books as Kaliko] pushes a button and a bell rings. The Metal Imps appear in different parts of the rocks, bearing great golden shields, which almost hide their forms, and zig-zag swords tipped with red electric lamps.

So sit back, listen to the lovely mp3 version of the Imps March from The Tik-Tok Man of Oz!

--David Maxine

Ruggedo and the Imps
Ruggedo and the Imps

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