Smoky Mokes (1899)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: A. Holzmann Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/A(T)/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 491
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Length: approx. 6 mins. Sounds best with the 2nd treble doubled.
Smoky Mokes was the first of Holzmann's compositions and it was dedicated, possibly as a commercial play, to the then grand old man of Tin Pan Alley, Monroe H. Rosenfeld. It is a splendid cakewalk 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 Darky Text". The front cover of the original sheet music shows a quartet of Negro lads- the singers of the song perhaps or may be the cake walkers? Who knows?
Smoky Mokes was published by Feist and Frankenthaler, New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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