Sunflower Babe (1909)
March & Two Step
Last updated: 28.01.22
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Composer: F.D. Heltman Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 908
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
Sunflower Babe, another Heltman "floral" composition, is a pleasing syncopated march in the form of AABBCCB with a 4-bar introduction and two 4-bar interludes, one between the BC- and the other between the CB strains, whereby the ABBA- and CCB are written in the major keys of C- and F- respectively. In this adaptation for recorder sextet the melodies are shared by the treble and 1st tenor voices. The quiet heavily contrasted initial C-strain is a lovely passage which the tenors and basses have all to themselves. A great ensemble piece!
The cover of the original sheet music has the same general layout of Heltman's other "floral" pieces, Daisy Rag (1908) and Clover Blossom Rag (1910), and shows a smiling lady surrounded by orange petals, yet another botanical improbability perhaps but just as tasteful nonetheless.

Sunflower Babe was published by Fred Heltman Co., Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested..
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