Policy Sam (1899)
Last updated: 04.05.17
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Composer: J. Gioscia Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1048
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Policy Sam was, according to the cover of the original sheet music "The American Hit at the Paris Exposition as played by Sousa's Famous Band there and throughout Europe". Whoever the said Sam was, is lost in ragtime history but clues may be given in the cover where a Negro in stage clothing is looking up, some what puzzled, at three red lanterns numbered, 3, 11 and 33. Perhaps somebody could work that out.
As to the cakewalk itself, it is a pleasant composition with tuneful melodies. Its form is AABBACCBB with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the C- and B-strains whereby the AABBA- and CCBB-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet, the 1st tenor has the melodies from star to finish. All voices have much to do and there is little bar-counting here.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
Policy Sam was published by T.B. Harms & Co., New York, USA also as a song in 1900 with words by Maurice J. Steinberg.