Phoebe Thompson's Cake Walk (1899)
Last updated: 03.04.18
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Composer: S. Koninsky Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 759
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
This is what Sadie Koninsky herself had to say about Phoebe Thompson's Cake Walk:
"On the occasion of the birth-day of Miss Phoebe Thompson, the society leader of Darktown; all the colored aristocrats assembled at Lime-Kiln Hall, to celebrate her honor. During the evening, Miss Thompson proposed a cake-walk, having baked a magnificent birth-day cake which she desired to present to the to the winner. All agreed and the band played Phoebe Thompson's Cake Walk."
The cakewalk itself is a stately affair with many fine touches. Its form is AABBACCBB with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AABBA- and CCBB-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. The following lyrics are provided for the final BB-strains, bars 69-84:

Gay wenches dancin', swell coons a prancin' all felt that they that cake would surely take, but
When Phoebe Thompson and Rastus Johnson came walkin' up through the hall they won Phoebe Thompson's cake.

Phoebe Thompson's Cake Walk was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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