Impecunious Davis (1899)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: K. Mills Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 319
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Length: approx. 3 ¾ mins. Sounds best with 1st tenor and bass doubled.
In his original sheet music, Kerry Mills had this to say about Impecunious Davis:
"Davis lived in Black Creek, a small town on the Mississippi, just north of New Orleans. He was never known to have earned anything, and depended entirely on the charitableness of the surrounding inhabitants for his existence; in fact, he considered that he was a child of Nature, and the World owed him a living.
The white folks called him 'IMPECUNIOUS DAVIS'.
In a peculiarly contented happy-go-lucky way he would lounge about the levees for hours at a time, humming quaint, weird, haunting melodies; some of these had a patriotic flavor, which was probably due to his living at the time of the war of Rebellion.
The composer takes this opportunity of portraying the musical eccentricities of 'IMPECUNIOUS DAVIS' "

As it is, this is a lively heavily chorded piece requiring careful performance in the upper registers.
Impecunious Davis was published by F. A. Mills, New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

This recorder adaptation is respectfully dedicated to Pat Edgell, old salt, now of Portland, England and decidedly not impecunious.

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