Miss Mexico (1907)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: H. Frantzen Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1028
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
With such a title, it is not such a surprise that Miss Mexico is a pleasing composition with melodies set to habanera rhythms. The good lady herself is shown on the cover of the original sheet music to be a broadly smiling lady adorned with a high-coned sombrero. The piece itself has a form of AABCB with a 4-bar introduction whereby the A-, B- and C-strains are written in the major keys of F, D and G respectively. In this adaptation for recorder sextet, the treble and 1st tenor voices share the melodies - the 1st tenor having the A-strain whilst the treble leads the BC-strains which are accentuated by the 1st tenor, generally an octave lower. The basses have the honour of maintaining a smooth habanera rhythm throughout. A great ensemble piece!
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
Miss Mexico was published by F. B. Haviland Publishing Co. Inc., New York, USA.