Doctor Brown (1914)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: F. Irvin Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 517
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Length: approx. 3 ¼ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
Doctor Brown is a heavily syncopated fox trot in the sonata form of ABACCA with a 4-bar introduction the major flatted keys of B and E. In this adaptation for recorder the A-strain is a great tenor solo and is scored 8va ad lib allowing performance by descant if desired. Since the A-strain is played 3 times a descant could be employed at least once for this editor's taste. Despite the heavy ornamentation, this piece is not all that difficult once having made friends with the abundance of flats. The cover of the original sheet music shows a pair of smiling fox-trotters, presumably our Dr Brown with escort, accompanied by further high-stepping fox-trotters of the vulpine variety. All-in-all a happy piece.
Doctor Brown was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 120 crotchets/min. is suggested.