Southern Smiles (1903)
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Composer: E.H. Kelly Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 798
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Length: approx. 3½ mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor and bass doubled.
Harry Kelly dedicated Southern Smiles to his esteemed friends Mr. And Mrs. Arthur V. Crary. The march and two step charms with its gracious melodies. Its form is AABBACBB with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the C- and B-strains whereby the AABBA- and CBB-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet, the final B strains are somewhat problematic as the upper limits and just beyond for both the treble and 1st tenor are called upon. Good instruments and precise performance techniques are a must to avoid squeakiness. Should this be too difficult then a timely alternation to descant voices may be the solution. Whatever, it is a lovely piece and well worth effort taken to master it. The cover of the original sheet music graced with a bevy of no less than thirteen charming Southern belles set almost as a clock-face within a circular inset.
Southern Smiles was published by J.W. Jenkins' Sons Music Co., Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.