The Smoky Topaz (1901)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: G.M. Bolen Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Trio T/T/B
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 640C
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Right at the outset Bolen amusingly sets the pace of The Smoky Topaz with Tempo di Cakewalk indicating a light-hearted approach. Despite the composition being set entirely in the lower registers and in the 4- and 5-flatted keys of Ab and Db respectively, it fairly bubbles along joyously. This recorder adaptation is very demanding. Not only the unusual keys, for the recorder that is, but also the unusual melody section of two tenors both demand their tribute. The tenors in particular have to see that their gentle tones really come through to provide a firm melodic line.
A tempo of 94 crotchets/min. is suggested.
The Smoky Topaz was published by Daniels, Russel & Boone, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
There is also a quintet version of this item.