Square and Compass (1921)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: G.L. Cobb Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1152
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Length: approx. 4 mins.
Square and Compass appears to celebrate those ancient stone masons' and carpenters' tools-of-the-trade used together as a symbol for and by various Masonic Societies. As an adaptation for recorder sextet, it is an all tenor/bass affair and here the bass voices are reminded not to overwhelm the tenors. Its form is AABBCC with a 4-bar introduction, a 4-bar interlude preceding the CC-strains themselves separated by a 12-bar interlude. The AB- and C-strains are written in recorder players' favourite major keys of Eb and Ab respectively whilst the AB- and C-strain lengths are 16 and 32 bars respectively. With the choice of given keys and use of the lower registers this march is somewhat sombre and may have been intended for formal processions. The C-strain is scored Pleyel's Hymn, a beautiful dirge-like theme and is used in many other compositions for Lodges, and Masonic orders. It was written by Ignatz Josef Pleyel (1757-1831) a contemporary and acquaintance of the Freemason, Joseph Haydn.
Square and Compass was published in Melody by Walter Jacobs, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.