The Parcel Post (1913)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: F.H. Klickmann Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 924
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
The Parcel Post is a bright, cheerful and quirky march in AABBACC form with a 4-bar introduction and a 20-bar interlude between the final CC-strains whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively. The A-strain, a jaunty jog-a-long, is followed by a humorous B-strain characterised by snatches of classic and folk themes in dialogue between the melody voices and the rhythm section. The 20-bar interlude is scored con 8vas al lib, a challenge which a recorder sextet may or may not be inclined to take up. It also includes the odd double-sharp to keep people on their toes. The cover of the original sheet music shows a stately mansion as a backdrop against a summery street scene. What this has to do with this particular piece is lost in ragtime history.
The Parcel Post was published by Frank K. Root and Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 180 seems crotchets/min. is suggested.