Trocha (1897)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: W.H. Tyers Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 968
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Length: approx. 4¼ mins.
Trocha perhaps may be considered to be an early successful experiment with the habanera style. Tyers was one of the first North American composers to do so. This adaptation for recorder quintet, an all tenor/bass affair, brings out the at times sombre melodies with charm and beauty. It is characterised by long solo passages set against a lovely bass habanera rhythm. Its form is AABBACCDDAB with a 4-bar introduction, which doubles as an interlude between the D- and A-strains, and an 8-bar coda. The keys used are b-minor and e-minor.
Trocha was later re-cycled and published in 1913 by F. A. Mills, New York, USA, at the height of tango craze, which lasted to 1915, as "The Official Tango". It would be very interesting to know whatever Ernesto Nazareth thought about that or whether he even knew about it!
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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