Oriental Carnival (1899)
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 499
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins. Sounds best if the bass is doubled.
Oriental Carnival is indeed a grand march which steadily increases in tension as the piece progresses. To accentuate this, the crescendi should be carefully observed and especially the passages scored dolce should be played feelingly. Its form is AABBAACC with a 4-bar introduction and a 12 bar interlude between the C strains. This march has quite a different Nashville sound to that more commonly known in other genres. The title is somewhat a mystery because the composition is completely devoid of oriental clichés. The cover of the original sheet music shows various brightly coloured Chinese lanterns however, perhaps this was of a case where some spare artwork had to be put to good purpose. Whatever, this is an enjoyable piece!
Oriental Carnival was published by H.A. French, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
A tempo of 176 crotchets/min. is suggested.