Blushes (1908)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 147
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
This novelette, a term used to describe a short instrumental piece supposedly the same as a romantic story and is said to have been coined by Schumann in 1848, fairly bubbles along. Whoever the dainty blushing beauty shown on the cover of the original sheet music is, is lost in history. No matter - she has inspired a very pretty piece indeed! Its form is AABBACCAC with a 4-bar introduction. In this adaptation for recorder, the treble voice has the melody throughout whilst the tenors and bass are fully occupied. The bass voices make several excursions into the upper registers. If this should be too "squeaky" or beyond the instrument's capabilities then dropping an octave at those critical points can be performed without too much detriment. Please experiment - I'm sure that the composer would not mind.
Blushes was published by F. B. Haviland Publishing Co. Inc., New York, USA.
Although scored Slowly, a tempo of 140 crotchets/min. is suggested.