The Baby Parade (1906)
Last updated: 19.07.18
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Composer: A.W. Pryor Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 502
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Length: approx. 4½ mins.
Clearly intended to be a fun piece, The Baby Parade is a patrol a la Frank Meacham's American Patrol (1885) - DBE 610 whereby a patrol starts quietly in the distance, advances becoming increasingly louder before finally retreating into the distance once again. In keeping with the title however the final ppp bars are scored Mama and Cry like a baby. This could be hilarious if the ensemble would demean to meet the composer's intentions. If a recorder ensemble enjoys instrument alternation then this is the piece for them. The treble, 2nd and 3rd tenors all alternate to descant, bass and bass respectively at some point. The cover of the original sheet music depicts a patrol of 6 martial toddlers. Their leader, a baby mounted on a wheeled wooden horse, is himself amusingly reigned by the following baby girl.
The Baby Parade was published by Carl Fischer Music Publisher, New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.