California Sunshine (1913)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: H. Jentes Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1016
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Length: approx. 3 mins. Sounds best with the bass doubled.
California Sunshine is a bright and cheerful composition clearly intended to be danced to and which Jentes dedicated to a certain Miss Georgia B. Chadd. According to the cover it was featured by "Leon Van Dell and Miss Margret (sic( Mudge - Late of the London Opera House, London and The Cecil, Paris". The dance pair is shown in a dramatic pose against the backdrop of a setting Californian sun. The composition's form is ABBACC written entirely in Eb-major with an 8-bar introduction which doubles as an interlude between the BB- and A-strains. It is rounded-off with an unexpected oriental-like 4-bar coda. In this adaptation for recorder sextet, the melodies are shared by the descant and treble voices.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
California Sunshine was published by Theron C. Bennett Co., New York, USA.