On the Rocky Road to Dublin (1906)
Last updated: 19.07.18
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Composer: E.R. Ephraim Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet A/T/T/T+B/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 467
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Length: approx. 5 mins.
On the Rocky Road to Dublin appears from its title to be cashing in on the then craze for ethnic characteristic marches. It is as a composition, like so much of Ephraim's output, a little complicated whilst the melodies themselves are straightforward enough. It opens with a 9-bar introduction followed by AABACDC sections. The A and D sections are each of 16 bars whilst the B and C sections have 32 bars. The AABA part is in the key of Bb-major and the CDC sections are in Eb-major. The D section manifests the piece's Irishness with a few bas from the folksong The Rising of the Moon. The cover of the original sheet music shows a bland-faced, bare-footed plaid-wrapped lass clutching a huge basket, sat side-saddle on a hopelessly overloaded diminutive donkey both on the said road leading presumably to Dublin.
On the Rocky Road to Dublin was published by M. Witmark and Sons, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.