Water Wagon Blues (1919)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: G.L. Cobb Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1160
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
Water Wagon Blues is yet another Cobb composition that, as an adaptation for recorder quintet, is to be performed just with tenors and basses and it will particularly endear itself to those recorder ensembles that love these instruments. The blues is in AABBACC form with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude preceding the CC-strains whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the recorder players' favourite major keys of Bb and Eb respectively. The composition is lyrically melodious suggesting perhaps that a song version may have been intended if not actually published as such. In keeping with the then novel prohibitive times, Water Wagon Blues could well go along with the likes of Albert von Tilzer's The Alcoholic Blues (1919) or Nora Bayes's Prohibition Blues (1919).
Water Wagon Blues was published in Melody by Walter Jacobs, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.