Marionette (1914)
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Composer: F. Arndt Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T+B+D/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 451
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Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
Marionette was dedicated by the Arndt to a certain Frances Marion. Whoever she may have been and her relationship to the composer is a mystery. The cover of the original sheet music shows and unmasked charming lass an a clown attire - could she be the Marion, the inspiration of this work? Who knows? Whatever, Arndt recorded Marionette on Victor Record No. 18284. The composition itself is a charming affair with its free flowing melodies soaring and swooping through the registers showing its relationship as a precursor to the more famous Nola (1915). Its form is ABACA with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar coda. This transcription for recorder ensemble, just like its other Arndt composed companions, is also characterised by its need of instrument alternation. In this case the 1st tenor is obliged to have both a bass and a descant in his or her music case. Great stuff indeed!
Marionette was published by Sam Fox Pub. Co., Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.