A Blue Streak (1921)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: R.F. Bargy Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 638
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Length: approx. 5 ½ mins.
Blue Streak is a fine dreamy composition which progresses along at a sedate pace, ideal for fox-trotting but begging the question as to how was the title was arrived at. For this military buff at the commencement of the third millennium, the words Blue Streak conjure up missiles and space programmes. In that sense there is nothing streaky here! The 4-bar introduction is scored Very Slow (no quibbling here - slow is the word!) and is followed by AABBCCAA sections all delightfully melodious. The A-strain opens with a fine "walking-bass" phrase very much warming the cockles of this bass players heart. As ascertained from the front cover of the original sheet music, Blue Streak was dedicated to and introduced by Benson of Chicago, an 8-man ensemble comprising grand piano, strings, brass woodwind and percussion. It was also available for Talking Machine and Piano Player.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.
Blue Streak was published by F.J.A. Forster Music Publisher, Chicago, Illinois, USA.