A Hummer (1914)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: H.J. Lincoln Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Trio A/T/B
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1232C
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
A Hummer is a bright and breezy march in AABBCD form with a 4-bar introduction and a 12-bar passage between the C and D strains. Actually the D-strain is the C-strain amplified and modulated to Eb-major from Bb-major. For my taste this march is more of a whistler than a hummer as can be heard with this recorder adaptation which really brings out the "whistling" qualities of the A and B strains to be enjoyed by the upper voices. The bass takes the limelight in the 12-bar passage with a few dominant phrases. The illustration on the front cover of the original sheet music is somewhat of a conundrum. An improbable aircraft with a four-bladed propeller, heart-shaped wings and heart-shaped control surfaces ascending to an equally improbable castle in the clouds. What all this has to do with "A Hummer" is elusive or am I missing something?
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.
A Hummer was published by Vandersloot Music Pub. Co., Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA, and a piano-roll made.
There is also a quintet version of this item.