Children’s March (1933)
This light and cheerful child’s march tune is scored to integrate the sound of the human voice with the instrumental texture. While not strictly chant, the melissmatic intonation is realized not with actual words but with syllables.
Grainger’s original score called for the use of the bass oboe, a machine that is far from the normal roster of the standard band instrumentation. While the bass oboe is no longer around for use, the Yale Band does own one of the last twenty-two heckelphones in existence. This rare instrument resembles an oboe with an oval sound-bulb on the end, not unlike an English horn but larger and lower in pitch. The fingering for the heckelphone is “unique.” Tonight the heckelphone will be played by Katherine Allen, a freshman in Timothy Dwight College.
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