Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Composer
Jerome Kern
Arranger
Year of arrangement
2013
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Jazz music
Instrumentation
String quartet
Instrumental parts
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This song is one of six in a collection of arrangements of some of Kern's best-known songs entitled Kernucopia, which aims to augment the resources available to string quartets called on to perform short, light numbers at functions such as weddings and other celebrations. Quartets with little time to practise will particularly appreciate the use of keys congenial to string players.

Kernucopia comprises arrangements of songs composed over approximately 20 years of Kern's collaborations with various lyricists. His method was to write the music first, with the lyricist obliged to fit his/her words into the melody, as Kern was not willing to make adjustments.

The four parts are of roughly equal difficulty, and care has been taken to ensure that each instrument has a share of the limelight in the collection as a whole. However, in WHO? and CAN-T HELP LOVING 'DAT MAN the cello part has no share in the melody line.

Jerome Kern (1885 – 1945) wrote many of the most popular show songs of the first half of the twentieth century; standards which rank alongside those of Gershwin, Berlin, Rodgers, Carmichael and Cole Porter.

Kernucopia has been free to download from Scorch , as a promotion. However, the original plan in uploading these scores was to donate any money so raised to the fabric fund at my place of worship. These songs by Jerome Kern have proved particularly popular as a free download, so I hope potential customers will not be deterred by the modest cost. I am planning to offer all six songs in the Kernucopia collection together as a single item, at a lower price than that of all the items individually, so if you were thinking of downloading more than one song you may like to hold back for a while.

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