Daughters of Dahomey (1902)
Last updated: 03.04.18
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Composer: H.P. Guy Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 722
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Length: approx. 4¼ mins.
Daughters of Dahomey is a splendid ragtime waltz which like some other Guy compositions is characterised by straight thumping bass chords which produce an exciting, exotic and exhilarating effect. In this transcription for recorder quintet, the waltz melodies are shared by the treble and 1st tenor voices. The daughters in question are illustrated on the cover of the original sheet music by a photograph of three charming young Negro ladies. It seems that either the composer or the publisher have taken poetic license with the subtitle as Dahomey, once centre of the abhorrent slave trade and now called Benin, lies in West Africa and not in oriental parts.
Daughters of Dahomey was published by Harry P. Guy, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
A tempo of 160 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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