Umpah! Umpah! (1920)
One-Step Oddity
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Composer: G.L. Cobb Suppliers: dbe15.gif 
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 532
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Length: approx. 4½ mins.
Umpah! Umpah! certainly lives up to its subtitle of a "One Step Oddity", a weird and wonderful composition it is too! With infant-hood memories of a childish Worcester tag prevalent in the mid-1940's of Umpah! Umpah Stick It Up Your Jumpah!, I was immediately drawn to this piece when first coming across it. It has an odd form of AABBA with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar passage between the BB and A strains. This recorder transcription is a tenor/bass players delight being confined almost completely to the lower registers with much close harmony, as ragged as you please, dolorous and at times almost discordant interspersed with triumphant phrases. This piece positively demands a contra bass.
Umpah! Umpah! was published by Walter Jacobs, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A tempo of 78 crotchets/min. is suggested.