Uncle Sam (1911)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: F.H. Klickmann Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 928
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
A "national" march and two step, Uncle Sam is as patriotic as it gets. The front cover of the original sheet music shows all the symbols of, dare it be said, American imperialism, with a proud banner-bearing and smiling Uncle Sam leading the parade. Although the opening bars comprise a snatch from Yankee Doodle Dandy, the remainder is a lively and original composition perhaps intended to take its place alongside various Sousa and other great marches in the great compendium of American patriotic music.
Its form is AABBCCDD with a 4-bar introduction, a 4-bar interlude between the BB- and CC-strains and a 12-bar interlude between the CC- and DD-strains whereby the AB- and CD strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet, the treble voice has all the melodies except for the C-strain where the bass takes over and even the great bass remains silent. Perhaps not as famous as the other pieces of its ilk but Uncle Sam is a worthy companion.
Uncle Sam was published by McKinley Music Co., Chicago & New York, USA.
Scored Tempo di Marcia, a tempo of 180 seems about right.