Sheet Music: After the Ball

TitleAfter the Ball
Alternate titlesAfter the Ball is Over
ComposerCharles Kassel Harris (1867–1930)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyB-flat major
Time signature3/4
Tempo60 BPM
Performance time3:35
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (106 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (change tempo/key) MP3 (3 MB)
Play-along accompanimentMIDI (change tempo/key) MP3 (3 MB)
Date added2011-10-21
Last updated2011-10-21
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Friday 21 October 2011

Tune of the Day: After the Ball

A popular waltz, arranged for flute and piano

This popular waltz was written in 1891 by songwriter Charles K. Harris. In the song, an older man tells his niece why he has never married. He saw his sweetheart kissing another man at a ball, and he refused to listen to her explanation. Many years later, after the woman had died, he discovered that the man was her brother.

“After the Ball” became the most successful song of its era, which at that time was gauged by the sales of sheet music. In 1892 it sold over two million copies of sheet music, and its total sheet music sales exceed five million copies, making it the best seller in Tin Pan Alley's history.

Thanks to Michael from Ireland for suggesting this piece!