The Black Diamond (1899)
March & Two Step
Last updated: 11.10.21
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Composer: G.M. Bolen Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 641
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
The front cover of the original sheet music proudly proclaims that The Black Diamond was the cake walk of the year and that it was played at all the theatres and by the leading bands and orchestras. For all that it is indeed a fine cakewalk considering the youthfulness of the composer. Its form is a straightforward AABBCCBB with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AABB- and CCBB-strains are in the major keys of Bb and Ab respectively. The A- and C-strains are quite lyrical giving the treble voice the melodies whilst the B-strain uses full chords throughout. The final BB strains are scored grandioso leading to a dramatic conclusion.
The Black Diamond was published by Carl Hoffman Music Co, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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