Polly Prim (1904)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: S.R. Henry Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 783
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Length: approx. 4 mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor and bass doubled.
Polly Prim, a right chirpy march two-step just begging to be whistled to, was inscribed to Miss C. Rose, La Grange, Indiana. Its form is AABBACCBB with a 4-bar introduction and a 12-bar interlude between the CC- and BB-strains whereby the AABBA- and CCBB-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. The melodies are shared in this transcription for recorder quintet by the treble and 1st tenor. The front cover of the original sheet music shows a brightly-hued doll with a somewhat surprised expression on her face. It is assumed that she has a boyfriend, one Peter Piper for whom a march was also written in 1905. The publisher thought a lot of this piece. Here is the corresponding blurb as printed on the back cover of Albert Gumble's The Kentucky Beauty (Teacher's Rag) (1904):
The positive march hit of 1904.
Polly Prim is Pretty, Polly Prim is Cute, Polly Prim is Catchy, Polly Prim's a Beaut
Polly Prim has Vigour, Polly Prim has Swing, Polly Prim has Melody, She's the real thing.
What is left for me to say?!?
Polly Prim was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.