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Length: approx. 4 mins.
Put and Take appears to celebrate that same-named ancient gambling spun dice game once played at home, in pubs or at social gatherings around the world. As an adaptation for recorder sextet, it is an all tenor/bass affair and here the bass voices are reminded not to overwhelm the tenors. Its form is AABBACC with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively whilst the AC- and B-strain lengths are 32 and 16 bars respectively. Although a little long, it may be interpreted as a descriptive composition reflecting the various aspects of the gaming with the dice/spinning tops in particular, placing the stakes, spinning the dice and finally winning or losing. Please take your pick!
Put and Take was published in Melody by Walter Jacobs, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A tempo of 100 crotchets/min. is suggested.