Pickaninny Capers (1902)
Last updated: 17.02.23
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Composer: T.C. Bennett Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1006
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Pickanniny Capers is probably Bennett's first published composition. It was dedicated to the Class of '02 at the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. The Piccaninnies (interestingly spelt both as Pickanniny and Pickinniny in the work) in question are shown quite tastefully in photographic insets and by drawings on the cover of original sheet music. Its form is AABBAACC with a 4-bar introduction and a 16-bar interlude separating the C-strains whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of Eb and Ab respectively. Perhaps the strains are intended to represent the capers in which it is left to the interpreter's imagination as to what these capers might be.
In this adaptation for recorder sextet, the treble voice has all the melodies with the exception of the 16-bar interlude during which the basses set the tone.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
Pickanniny Capers was published by Cornelius J. Shea, Springfield, Missouri, USA.

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