Charcoal (1903)
A Study in Black Characteristic March
Last updated: 26.01.21
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Composer: S.G. Cooke Suppliers: dbe15.gif 
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 970
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Length: approx. 2½ mins. Sounds best with the base doubled.
Charcoal is a pretty little march, not too difficult with some very nice touches. Its form is AABCBC with a 4-bar introduction whereby the A- and BC-strains are written in the keys of F and Bb respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet the bass has the rare privilege of having the melody in the initial A strain before handing over to the treble. The C-strain is characterised by an amusing dialogue between the melody and bass voices. The cover of the original sheet music has a tasteful photograph by J.E. Purdy of four African American children one of which is smilingly playing a lute. A piece that bass players will revel in!
Charcoal was published by G. W. Setchell, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.