Tambourines and Oranges (1907)
Fox Trot
Last updated: 17.02.23
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Composer: F.H. Klickmann Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 926
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
Tambourines and Oranges was adapted by Klickmann from the then well-known and popular La Cinquantaine (1887) [The Golden Wedding] which was written by the French composer Jean Gabriel Marie (1852-1928) who enjoyed no little fame for his dances, chamber pieces and light orchestral works. The ragtime authority John Cowles lists Tambourines and Oranges as a two step written ca. 1907. Here it is assumed that this was when the young Klickmann first worked on this adaptation. Actually to call this an adaptation, is stretching it a bit as, except for key changes, it is virtually the same as the original. As mentioned below it was later recycled as a fox-trot. Interestingly all subsequent recordings of Tambourines and Oranges credit Klickmann as the composer - the luckless originator does not get a mention. Who says the plagiarism does not pay?
This adaptation for recorder sextet is based on the 1915 "fox trot". As to the piece itself it has very pleasing melodies and has an ABBACCA with a 4-bar introduction. The tenor recorders bring out the melodies especially effectively.
Tambourines and Oranges was published in 1915 by Frank K. Root and Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA, as a fox trot.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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