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Grandfather’s Clock


by: Henry Clay Work
Arr: Merv Rowley, 2011

 October is the month for spooks and witchery, so your 1-3-5 team has chosen a musical classic about a “haunted” clock of yesteryear... one that could read the mind of it's owner from the date of his birth until his death at age 90. Does this sound weird? Many have thought so, both children and adults. In the Historical Link listed below, we read that this idea was even featured in an early television episode of “The Twilight Zone” many years ago.

 The story originated in the Yorkshire area of England back in the mid 1870's, where the George Hotel displayed a “longcase clock” in the lobby, which was said to have strange behavior, as described in the lyrics as we read here. 

Henry Clay Work, a printer by trade, but also a writer and composer, visited the hotel and wrote his song to depict its storied history. It is said that this piece of music may have been the only one actually “composed” in a print shop. We think readers will enjoy this selection. 

About the Music:

 Notice that the tempo of the music is like the slow ticking of a clock. Here and there the lyrics pause as the clock speaks - “tick-tock-tick-tock”. These notes may either be played as noted or made by clicking your tongue for realism. These, and other notes are marked as staccato notes with "dots" above - mute or "damp" each note immediately after picking it. Also, we see two places where “tuplets” appear. These are groups of three eighth-notes, grouped under a bracket. Play these three notes in the time span required for two notes. This is an arranger's way to cram in an extra note. 

Whether the music makes you smile or shiver, it's one of a kind, and we hope all will enjoy and remember it. 

Your 1-3-5 Team  


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