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Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
Klickmann's Half and Half
celebrates the short-lived 1914 dance craze and is said to have been invented by the illustrious Vernon Castle in 1912. The dance was so-called because humorously the dancer's costume was half male and half female (e.g. tuxedo and top-hat on one side and ball-gown on the other) with the effect of appearing to dance with one's self. It was one of a handful of such pieces with 5/4 time signatures then published which include:
Drawing Room Echoes (1914) also by Klickmann,
Society's Pet (1914)
by Malvin Franklin
DBE 1048: Castles' Half and Half
(1914) by James Reese Europe
and Ford T. Dabney
With the exception of the Europe/Dabney version, they employ the device of sub-dividing the bars with vertical dotted lines into 3/4 +2/4 . Educationally this may be not a bad way to get a grip on the complexities of the 5/4 world but this editor holds that that 5/4 should be played straight avoiding the beginner's tendency to stretch a 2/4 into a 3/4; and thus possibly making a jig out of it! Whatever, this is a lovely, melodic, haunting and elegant piece in ABACA form with a 4-bar introduction. Particular attention should be paid to the changes of pace.
Half and Half
was published by Frank K. Root and Co.
, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
and Con anima
, tempi of 150-240 crotchets/min. seem about right.