The School Ma'am (1908)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: F.D. Heltman Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 906
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
The School Ma'am is a delightful intermezzo which Heltman dedicated to a certain Miss Agnes Meredith. That she was his own school ma'am or indeed the pretty lady pictured on the front cover of the original sheet music is pure unfounded conjecture. The intermezzo itself has an AABBACCC form with a 4-bar introduction and an 16-bar interlude between the final C- strains, whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of G- and F respectively. In this adaptation for recorder sextet the 1st tenor has all the melodies except for the 16-bar interlude where the honours go to the 2nd bass. If the 1st bass has a good instrument and can readily play high-F's then there is no real need to alternate his or her instruments. The composition has a lot of nice touches and I particularly admire the B-strain and interlude which is a lovely bass solo. The B-strain alternates between pretty phrases and strict chord passages, a sort of musical Jekyll and Hyde - a sly representation of the school ma'am? Who knows?
The School Ma'am was published by Eastman Pub. House, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested..