The Little Jap (1905)
Last updated: 17.04.19
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A(T)/T/T/B/GB/B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 177
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Length: approx. 3 mins. Sounds best with the bass doubled.
The Little Jap celebrates the then much admired achievements of the burgeoning Japanese military in the recent Russo-Japanese (1904-1905) conflict whereby the USA played no little part in restoring peace (President Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace prize!). The march itself is a plain and simple cliché-ridden affair which delights with its agreeable charm. Its form is
AABBACC form with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AABBA and the CC strains are in the keys of F and Bb respectively. Wenrich provides the following patriotic lyrics which are to be sung to the C-strains (bars 53-68):

My little Jap, you are a brave warrior, just like a hero brave.
Keep on fighting for your country, the flag you'll surely save.

The Little Jap was published byMcKinley Music Co., Chicago & New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.