In the Lead (1901)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: M. Kirwin Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 771
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Length: approx. 3 mins. Sounds best with the bass doubled.
In the Lead was, as can be seen from the cover of the original sheet music, inspired by or perhaps dedicated to horse-racing. The march fairly races along at a gallop and its form is ABBACDAB with a 4-bar introduction which doubles as an interlude between the D-and A-strains whereby the AB- and CD-strains are in the major keys of Eb and Ab respectively. In this adaptation for recorder sextet, the melodies are shared by the descant and treble but the rhythm section also has plenty to say, especially in the amusing C-strain where they have a prolonged "solo" which just begs to be stood up to. A real fun piece.!
In the Lead was published by S. Simon Publisher, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 96 crotchets/min. is suggested.