The Watermelon Trust (1906)
A Slow Drag
Last updated: 11.04.22
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Composer: H.C. Thompson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 612
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
A worthy successor to A Black Bawl (1905), The Watermelon Trust has many similarities to its predecessor. It too, is a well-crafted composition in AABBCCDD form with a 4-bar introduction. The strains are lively and contrast well with one another. When performed as scored it leaves this editor with a feeling that it has been artificially shortened and somehow just begs for a repeat of the A- and B-strains, a device that Thompson used in A Black Bawl. Please experiment! The Watermelon Trust was dedicated to Coates and Grundy. The cover of the original sheet music shows a solemn Negro field labourer distributing ear-to-ear watermelon portions to happy Piccaninnies.
The Watermelon Trust was published by Barron and Thompson, New York, USA.
A tempo of 180 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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