Imperial Courier March (1897)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins. Sounds best with the tenor and bass doubled.
Perhaps his first published work Imperial Courier March
is a pretty composition which jogs along most pleasantly in contrast to the galloping scene shown on the cover of the original sheet music It is written in form AABBCCCAB with a 4-bar introduction and a 16-bar interlude preceding the final C-strain whereby the AB- and C-strains are in the major keys of F and Bb respectively. The final C-strain is quite demanding on the melody voices as the melody soars to a top Bb - a quick alternation to descant may be a solution if its performance proves to be too difficult.
In making this recorder adaptation, the editor gratefully acknowledges Cheryl Licary, sheet music collector in Beloit, Wisconsin, for generously providing access to her materials.
Imperial Courier March
was published by Carl Hoffman Music Co
, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.