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Old 01-04-2014, 12:56 AM
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Default A Taste of Honey Duet

"A Taste of Honey" is one of the two Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass hits for which I have written a duet this month. The song was written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow in 1965, and subsequently recorded by Herb Alpert. This arrangement is close to being a reduction of that recording, but it is not exact. This version is in F Minor (4 flats) in order to keep the Soprano Recorder in its low range, so it is a challenge in this key. You can easily change the key to suit yourself or other instruments.

This song, as recorded by Herb Alpert, has a pop swing feel to it, so I have tried to capture that in what you hear in Notation by adjusting the attack and duration of the notes. This will help a lot if you are playing along with Composer/Musician. The style of the song is commonly referred to as a "shuffle beat". If you are fortunate enough to have someone to play the duet with, Notation will let you hear what the rhythm and feel of the duet should sound like.

The opening tempo mark, Rubato, with a quarter note at approximately 100 beats per minute means to play the intro in more or less free tempo. There is another Rubato section at measure 24. The double slash above the staff at measures 4, 23 and 27 mean you should leave a short out-of-tempo pause before resuming playing.

We hope you enjoy playing this piece.

Ralph Rayner
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