The Colored Major (1900)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: S.R. Henry Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 778
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Length: approx. 3½ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
The Colored Major, a bright and breezy affair, is proclaimed on the cover of the original sheet music as the march with the famous drum solo which also shows a smartly parading Afro-American drum major. It was Henry's first published work. Its form is basically AABBACAC with a 4-bar introduction and an 8-bar interlude between the B- and C- strains whereby the. AABBA- and CCB-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet the "famous" drum solo" is handled by the basses in a 3-bar passage in the interlude. This piece is great for the treble player who has all the melodies.
The Colored Major was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 78 crotchets/min. is suggested.