Irish Beauties (1911)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 173
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor doubled.
Irish Beauties is, as one would expect from the title, a fine, jolly, whistling two step which fairly tootles along. Wenrich pulls out all the Irish stops here so much so that penny whistles would be neither out of place or character in performing the melody line. Its form is AABBACCD with an 8-bar introduction and 12-bar interlude between the CC and D strains. Both the introduction and interlude have jokey snatches from Irish folk tunes such as The Rising of the Moon. For my taste, the A strain is especially infectious bounding in jig-like triplets. A real fun piece well with in reach of average skilled ensembles.
Irish Beauties was published by Frank K. Root and Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.