Aloha Oe (1915)
Syncopated Waltz
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Composer: W.B. Morrison Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1032
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Length: approx. 2¼ mins.
Aloha Oe, translated from Hawaiian meaning "Farewell to Thee", was originally composed by Queen Liliu'okalani (1838-1917), the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian islands. Here Morrison jumped on the bandwagon of arrangers producing syncopated waltzes from all manner of light classical music meeting a popular demand. What the good queen herself knew or thought about it is unknown but with her love of music she may have been amused, quite unlike that other queen, Victoria, who was famously not amused by the trivial.
The arrangement of these beautiful melodies is in the form of ABCC, each strain being of 32 bars and written in the key of Ab major. Actually the C-strain is the B-strain repeated but in quasi staccato manner instead of a free-lowing syncopated waltz. There is no bar-counting in this adaptation for recorder sextet and all voices are fully occupied. The melody voices in the C-strain have to perform particularly carefully to avoid a staccato machine-gun effect. The combination of very light double-tonguing and delicate, inventive dynamics is the order-of-the-day.
A tempo of 180 crotchets/min. is suggested.
Aloha Oe was published by Seidel Music Pub. Co. Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

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