Uncle Sammy (1904)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: A. Holzmann Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 494
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
Uncle Sammy is another great Holzmann march two step in AABBCC form with a 4-bar introduction whereby the A/B strains are each of 16 bars and written in F-major whilst the C-strain is of 48 bars in Bb-major. In this transcription for recorder ensemble, the second half of the C-strain explores the upper limits of the treble and tenor instruments, here one could alternate to descant of course playing the notes an octave lower. The composer dedicated this composition to Monroe H. Rosenfeld naming him the "Dean of American Song Writers". Holzmann must have held Rosenfeld in great honour as he also dedicated his first piece Smoky Mokes (1899) to that gentleman. The original sheet music shows a proud Uncle Sam regarding a brightly coloured map of the USA which interestingly, from today's point of view, also includes the Philippine Islands.
Uncle Sammy was published by Leo Feist, New York, USA.
A tempo of 164 crotchets/min. is suggested.