High Ball (1912)
Last updated: 19.07.18
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Composer: L.S. Roberts Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1098
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
As shown on the cover of the original sheet music, the High Ball in question is a lob as executed by a lady tennis player in a mixed doubles match - something to be mindful of when interpreting this piece. One of Lee S. Roberts first self-published compositions, perhaps it was a companion Snowball printed in the same year. The characteristic itself is fine tootling composition having a quasi sonata form of AABACCA with a 6-bar introduction whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the recorder players' favourite major keys of Ab and Eb respectively. High Ball is characterised throughout by quick changes of tempi perhaps reflecting the changes of fortune and speed of play as the ball passes back and forth over the net.
High Ball was published by Lee S. Roberts, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested