Mr Black Man (1904)
March Two-Step
Last updated: 11.10.21
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Composer: A.W. Pryor Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 505
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Mr Black Man is a minor gem of a march & two-step, lightly syncopated exploring the lower registers. Its form is AABBACCDC with a 4-bar introduction. This adaptation for recorder is an all tenor/bass affair and is ideal for those ensembles who love their basses. Pryor gives us lyrics for the melodious CC strains (bars 53-68) as follows:
Oh Mister Black Man where have you been?
I'se gw'ine to leave you if you don't run right round here
And love your baby Love, love her true.
For if you don't she'll lose you.
An unusual piece just begging for vocalist to add authenticity.
Mr Black Man was published by Whitney-Warner Publishing Co., Detroit, Michigan, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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