A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Grossvater-Tanz
GROSSVATER-TANZ, i.e. grandfather-dance. A curious old German family-dance of the 17th century, which was greatly in vogue at weddings. Spohr had to introduce it into the Festival march which he wrote by command for the marriage of Princess Marie of Hesse with the Duke of Saxe Meiningen in 1825 (Selbstbiog. ii. 165). It consisted of three parts, the first of which was an andante in triple time, sung to the words
'Und als der Grossvater die Grossmutter nahm,
Da war der Grossvater ein Bräutigam,'
to which succeeded two quick phrases in 2-4 time—
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