Wild West (1908)
Last updated: 13.08.19
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 214
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
Wild West subtitled A Cowboy-Indian Intermezzo, is a pretty little composition with three themes in AABBACCA form with a 6-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the A- and C-strains. The keys used are Bb and Eb for the AB- and C-strains respectively. The A-strain is suggestive of a cowboy a-cantering over the prairie whilst the B-strain with its opening tom-tom bars appears to represent the Indians. The C-strain then may be logically interpreted as a peaceful, harmonious and a not entirely wild get-together of both parties. The cover of the original sheet music however shows a portrait of a cowboy against a prairie scene complete with a cattle herd from which a luckless steer is being lassoed for lunch no doubt. Search as one might there is nary an Indian in sight! No matter, this adaptation for recorder quintet, an all tenor/bass affair, is a lovely and tuneful piece which would be perfect for a Western programme.
Wild West was published by McKinley Music Co., Chicago & New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.