Fighting the Flames (1907)
Last updated: 19.07.18
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 164
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
Fighting the Flames, written under the pseudonym of Earl La Farge, is a precursor to The Fireman's Dream (1907). Both pieces not only have a straightforward AABBCCDD form but also share the same front cover design of plain capital lettering on a red/scarlet background. Less elaborate than the latter, this composition has a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude scored Fire Bells between the B- and C-strains. The melody voices in this transcription for recorder sextet lead the A- and B-strains which are jolly cantering melodies whilst the dramatic C-strain is taken over by the rhythm section. The D- section is characterised by "Fire Bells" tootled by the 1st tenor in a thumping climax. All-in-all very Wenrich!
Fighting the Flames was published by McKinley Music Co., Chicago & New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.