Chung Lo (1909)
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Composer: C.N. Daniels Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 293
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Length: approx. 4½ mins.
Daniels wrote Chung Lo using the pseudonym Neil Moret and he dedicated it to "his esteemed friend George Cantlie". Its form is AABBACCDCDC with a 6-bar introduction whereby the AB- and CD-strains are written in the major keys of G and F respectively. Clearly intended to be a fun piece, the cover of the original sheet music shows a smiling bald-headed Chinese whose pigtail is artistically twisted to form the letters of the title. Quite what a "monkeydoodle" is or was is anyone's guess - perhaps a whimsical alternative to the better-known Yankee Doodle. As a recorder sextet it delights with Chinese gong imitations and has an added charm in that the melodies are shared by the descant, treble and 1st tenor. Chung Lo was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.