Chills and Fever (1912)
Last updated: 14.04.18
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Composer: T.C. Bennett Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quartet A/T/B/B
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1005
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Length: approx. 3 mins. Sounds best with the tenor and bass doubled.
Chills and Fever is a light-hearted rag or two-step according to the front cover which shows a shivering Negro in a rural wooded setting. Its form is ABBACCB with a 4-bar introduction whereby the ABBA- and CCB-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively.
In this adaptation for recorder quartet, the treble voice has all the melodies except for the introduction. Is it a coincidence that the herb that shares some 86% of the composer's surname namely herb bennet (geum urbanum), is prescribed by some herbalists as a fever treatment? Whatever, it is the perfect antidote for those chilled and feverish recorder players.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.
Chills and Fever was published by Sam Fox Pub. Co., Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

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