Burglar Blues (1922)
Eccentrique Fox Trot
Last updated: 17.11.19
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Composer: G.L. Cobb Suppliers: dbe15.gif 
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1112
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Length: approx. 4 mins. Sounds best with the 2nd tenor doubled.
Burglar Blues 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 has an ABBAB form with an 8-bar introduction, a 4-bar interlude between the A- and BB-strains and an 8-bar interlude between the BB- and final A-strain. The whole is written in Eb-major.
This appears to be a descriptive piece describing a burglar going about his nefarious activities. It is easy to assign passages to various aspects of the burgling trade such as caution, apprehension, creeping confidently about in the dark, joy on finding swag, dismay on finding nothing and having the blues about the lack of ultimate success despite all endeavours.
Burglar Blues was published in Melody by Walter Jacobs, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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youtube15.jpg Burglar Blues (2:33) Ragtime Dorian Henry