The Cakewalk in the Sky (1899)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: B.R. Harney Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet D+T/A/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 677
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins. Sounds best if the tenor and bass are doubled.
The Cake Walk in the Sky is variously subtitled "March a la Ragtime" and "A Rag-Time Nightmare" on the cover of the original sheet music which also depicts happy winged dancers cakewalking to the strains of a harp under the benevolent gaze of a Negro St. Peter, the keys of heaven being hung from his girdle. The composition itself was a big hit and still recorded today. Its form is ABCCDE with an 8-bar introduction and written in F-major. In this transcription for recorder quintet, the happy, syncopated melodies are shared by the descant, who also alternates to tenor, and the treble and tenor voices. A great ensemble piece!
The Cake Walk in the Sky was published by M. Witmark and Sons, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, USA and a song version produced.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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