Gladiolus (1900)
Intermezzo Op. 14
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Composer: E. Platzmann Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1087
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
Gladiolus was dedicated to one Miss Edna Mae Claus, a personage of whom nothing is now known - what the connection between her and the composer was, is lost in the fog of history. The cover of the original sheet music shows red and pink varieties of the said flower with their sword-shaped leaves arranged in an elegant green handled vase. As an adaptation for recorder sextet this intermezzo is not the easiest of pieces. Its form is AABBCCA with a 6-bar introduction and a 6-bar interlude between the CC- and final A-stain whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of G- and F-respectively. Here there is much bar-counting and some instrument alternation to keep an ensemble on its toes. The lower voices will especially enjoy the soft passages whilst the descant too has some delicate tinkling to do. It is quite a contrast to most items in the catalogue.
Gladiolus was published by J. T. Hall Music Publishing Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested