Golden Buttercups (1913)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: E. Platzmann Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A+T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1088
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Length: approx. 3½ mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor doubled.
Golden Buttercups is a charming composition with a number of pretty touches. Its form is AABACCA with an 8-bar introduction which doubles as an interlude before the final A-strain and a coda whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of F- and bb respectively. The A-strain is a jaunty, staccato melody which is taken by the treble voice in this adaptation for recorder quintet. The B-strain scored Animato is much of the same but the treble is joined by the other melody voices in tinkling chords. The melody of the 1st iteration of the C-strain scored Cantabile is taken by the 1st tenor whilst the treble helps out by alternating to tenor before changing back to treble for the repeat an octave higher. The cover of the original sheet music shows predictably a fair maiden with a bunch of buttercups in a rural setting. This is a great ensemble piece.
Golden Buttercups was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested