Calcutta (1918)
Last updated: 19.03.18
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Composer: G.L. Cobb Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T+B/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1113
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Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
Calcutta is yet another Cobb all tenor/bass affair which will particularly endear itself to those recorder ensembles that love these instruments and that are armed with a full battery of basses. The composition is in AABACC form with a 2-bar introduction and a 2-bar interlude preceding the final CC-strains whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of C- and F respectively.
Another "geographical" piece to go along with the likes of Almond Eyes (1921) or Asia Minor (1921). In this adaptation for recorder sextet, the basses have to take special care that they do not drown out the tenor voices the first of which having the melodies from start to finish. Calcutta has a dreamlike, hypnotic character - the A-strain could well be employed in charming snakes. It would be ideal for serpent-loving ensembles!
Calcutta was published in Melody by Walter Jacobs, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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