The cornet polka Fodenian was written for Edwin Firth by Robert Thornton, a composer of light music active from the turn of the last century. Little is known of him today although his earliest published work appears to date from 1891 and he was active well into the 1930s. He had a number of piano pieces published by Banks & Son and Boosey & Hawkes but little else exists in print or on recordings today.
Fodenian was probably written in 1913/14 and presented to Edwin Firth as a handwritten cornet and piano part. Firth took it upon himself to make an arrangement with brass band accompaniment and the score is dated May 1914. A published version of the cornet and piano edition was made by B. Podmore & Sons of Southport—as the company was incorporated in 1920, although long since dissolved, but it would suggest that the solo was published after the death of Edwin Firth. The cover page to the piano part includes the following text: ‘Specially composed by Robert Thornton for Mr. Edwin Firth the famous English cornettist. Principal cornet, Foden's Famous Band. Cornet soloist, Crystal Palace concerts. Played by Royal Command before their Majesties, The King and Queen’.
Item Code: TPBB-074
Grade Sutiable for all (band accompaniment)