By Heck (1914)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: S.R. Henry Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 777
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Length: approx. 4 mins.
By Heck is clearly intended to be a fun piece as borne out by the cover of the original sheet music which shows a smiling tooth-gapped hickabilly whilst the introduction is scored Moderato (a la bucolic). The cover also shows in an inset one Mademoiselle Mazie who was presumably the first singer of the vocal version. In this adaptation for recorder quintet, the 1st tenor has all the running having the lead from start to finish but no fear, all other voices are called upon to do their bit especially in the heavily stopped trio which is scored thus: "NOTE:- If desired, the rests of the trio may be filled by knocking on the recorders or stamping". Its form is basically AABBACAC with a 4-bar introduction, a 4-bar interlude between the AC-strains and a 4-bar coda. The AABBA- and CAC-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively.
By Heck was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.