Arrival of the Gecks (1903)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: C.N. Daniels Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 290
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Length: approx. 4¼ mins.
Daniels wrote Arrival of the Gecks using the pseudonym Neil Moret. Judging from the front cover of the original sheet music, the "Gecks" were a crowd of happy elf-like creatures and there they were shown on patrol. Its form is AABBCDDAA with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar coda whereby the AB- and CD-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. The patrol starts with a ppp and progresses through pp, mf, f, ff, mf, p, pp and ppp with the last note of the coda. In this adaptation for recorder sextet, the 1st tenor and basses have most of the action while the treble, 2nd tenor and 1st bass must show patience and fortitude whilst long passages of bar-counting. A great ensemble piece!
Arrival of the Gecks was published by Whitney-Warner Publishing Co., Detroit, Michigan, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.