Iris (1900)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: E.R. Ephraim Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 466
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins. Sounds best with bass doubled.
Iris is a charming, reflective intermezzo its form being AABBACCA in the major key of Bb whereby the C-sections are 8-bar, the remainder being 16-bar and there is a 9-bar passage between the CA sections. It opens with a 4-bar introduction and a 2-bar vamp suggesting that a vocal version may also have been intended. This is borne out by the very tuneful melodies which the 1st tenor will no doubt enjoy playing the full. The treble voice has much bar counting to do and has his or her moment of glory in the CC-sections and 9-bar passage.
Iris was published by M. Witmark and Sons, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.