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This recorder adaptation of Maryland, my Maryland
is based on an undated 19th century item of piano sheep music entitled Celebrated Songs of the Confederate States of America. No. 1. My Maryland
which was published by Hopwood & Crew of New Bond Street, London. It was dedicated to the Confederate Exiles in Europe, no credits being given either to the poet or to the melody's origins. The melody itself enjoys an immense international popularity. As an advent song O, Tannenbaum
it is an immortal evergreen [pun intended!] in Germany and throughout the Christmas song-singing world. As a Jazz standard, Maryland, my Maryland
is basic repertoire It finds its place in my own beloved, not-so-shy Royal Navy used in the ditty On Gibraltar' Slopes
. In the guise of the Red Flag
it is similarly abused in Rugby songs and no end of parodies. The Red Flag
, which was and still is of course the hymn of the British Labour Party, was written by Jim Connell (1862-1929), an Irish trade union activist, and sung at their annual conferences. Although originally used with the melody White Cockade
, the O, Tannenbaum version
has taken preference and as such since then has achieved universal fame in the international labour movement. When considering the foregoing, the editor of this recorder adaptation has not the slightest of qualms in adding yet another version to a very long line of predecessors - it is long overdue!
If the 1st bass cannot play the high notes (bars 5-12, 17 & 18) then playing an octave below can be used to good effect. Alternatively a 3 rd tenor could be used with minor modification of the melody.
Length: approx. 9 ½ mins., when all 9 verses are sung otherwise 2 ½ mins. when as pure instrumental repeated twice. A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.
This recorder adaptation is respectfully dedicated to Lynne Priest Fitzpatrick, recorder player and musician of Annapolis, Maryland.