Punch and Judy (1907)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: S.R. Henry Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 785
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Length: approx. 4 mins.
Punch and Judy, that icon of matrimonial bliss, are shown on the cover of the original sheet music as a happy singing and dancing pair no doubt at some stage before the plot thickens. This intermezzo two step is a happy, cheerful composition characterised by close-harmony between the melody voices set against long rippling passages by the treble. Its form is AABBACCBB with a 4-bar introduction and an 12-bar interlude separating the CC- and BB-strains whereby the AABBA- and CCBB-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. The interlude is a little dramatic perhaps intended to describe one of the more emotional scenes of the Punch and Judy story. Whatever, this delightful piece could well be used as an overture to this classic puppet entertainment for children - indeed perhaps it was!
Punch and Judy was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.