Hunky-Dory (1900)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: A. Holzmann Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A(T)/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 488
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Length: approx. 5¾ mins.
Hunky-Dory is an 18th -century word of unknown origin meaning excellent which is exactly what this cakewalk is. It is in AABBACCBB form with a 4-bar introduction and a 4 bar interlude between C- and B-strains whereby the AABBA and CCBB sections are in the major keys of C and F respectively. The original sheet music scores the final bar with a DC but no corresponding Fine is given - repeating the AABBA strains feels about right. It was also published as a song with a "Humorous Darkey Text". The front cover of the original sheet music shows a handsome mixed quartet - the singers of the song perhaps or may be the cake walkers? Who knows? Whatever - it is a fine piece which the treble will especially enjoy in this transcription for recorder ensemble having all the melodies from start to finish.
Hunky-Dory was published by Leo Feist, New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.