Almond Eyes (1921)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: G.L. Cobb Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T+B/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1102
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
Almond Eyes is one of a number of Chinese theme Cobb compositions which include Broken China (1922), Peek In (1920) and Sing Ling Ting (1914). It is yet another Cobb all tenor/bass affair which will particularly endear itself to those recorder ensembles that love these instruments and that are armed with a full battery of basses. The composition is in ABBB form with a 4-bar introduction and a 16-bar interlude preceding the final B- strain. The fox trot is written in Eb major throughout.
It abounds in heavily chorded "Chinese" clichés which is a lot of fun for beginners - especially the 16-bar interlude which has the most weird and wonderful descending chord.
Almond Eyes was published in Melody by Walter Jacobs, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.