Muted Strings at Twilight (1909)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: C.R. Flick Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 498
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins. Sounds best if the 2nd tenor is doubled.
Muted Strings at Twilight is a dreamy, sentimental and lyrical composition somewhat reminiscent of Mendelssohn song without words. It was originally published for violin and piano and its form is basically AABBAABB with a 16-bar introduction which also uses the A-theme. The second AA section is interestingly a duet between the treble and 1st tenor, the other voices having to wait out 28 bars patiently. The second BB section is of course a development of the first wherein the bass is required to play at the top of its tonal range - should this be too "squeaky" or technically difficult - then perhaps a further tenor could be employed. Please experiment!
Flick dedicated this composition to his wife.
Muted Strings at Twilight was published by Flick-Hynds Co., Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.