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Length: approx. 4½ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
Judging from the cover of the original sheet music which shows a weeping pickaninny lass, one might expect A Black Bawl
to be something sad to cry about. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a well-crafted, lively and jolly piece in AABBCCDDAB form with a 4-bar introduction and a surprising 4-bar interlude between the DA strains which brings the whole affair to a grinding hat - a slow drag even! A splendid ensemble piece whereby the treble has most of the say except for the B-strain which is handled by the 1st tenor. Those that admire Thompson's Watermelon Trust (1906), another slow drag, will certainly enjoy this piece.
A Black Bawl
was published by W. C. Polla Company
, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.