Happy Hours in Coontown (1899)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: C.B. Brown Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A+D/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 386
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
From the front cover of the original sheet music we learn that Happy Hours in Coontown was dedicated to Monroe H. Rosenfeld, the then prominent composer and publisher of popular music. The cover also graces an endorsement from the illustrious Kerry Mills who wrote, "I consider Happy Hours in Coontown one of the best cakewalk two-steps ever written". And finally from the extravagant claims department we are told that it is published for every instrument and every combination of instruments. For all that this cakewalk is indeed a fine piece which deserves wider recognition. Its form is AABBACC with a 4-bar introduction. The strains are all bright whistling melodies very reminiscent of Kerry Mills own Rastus on Parade - Song (1896) and Whistling Rufus (1899). Jolly stuff indeed!
Happy Hours in Coontown was published by F. A. Mills, New York, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.