JOE MORLEY in his own words - "Synopsis of Solos - A few Introductory Remarks" extracted from "Keynotes" January 1925

..."Zarana " is an Eastern theme, and a strange feature of it is that the third movement was originally intended for the "Japanese Patrol" When I came to compose the latter piece, however, I finished it without having included the movement, and so it was shelved until I could find another use for it.

Then, when the first phase of "Zarana" came into being, I recollected this half-forgotten fragment, and discovered it in old drawer. It seemed to fit in so well with the general idea of "Zarana," that it became part of the entire composition.

The history of the Japanese Patrol " is not uninteresting. When I was with the Army of Occupation in Cologne during 1919 and 1920 I gave many concerts to the troops there.

One of the most popular pieces in my repertoire was Alfred Cammeyer's "Chinese Patrol," and I received so many demands for encores for this attractive item that I decided to write a "Japanese Patrol " for myself. I did so, and the success of it was never in doubt, from that day on. Never have I had such appreciative audiences as in those days on the Rhine, and when I give concerts to the American Army of Occupation in Coblentz, there were also great demonstrations of delight.

I composed "Mauna Loa" during the Great War when I was down on Salisbury Plain. I happened to be in the Officers Mess, arranging the details of a concert, which we were to give, when my attention was drawn to a gramophone record, which was playing in a corner of the room. It was a record of a Hawaiian Guitar, it instantly suggested to me the theme of "Mauna Loa," and when I returned to my rooms I at once sat down and started to write the music.

The result "Mauna Loa" is one of the most popular numbers I have ever composed.

"Nadasia" was a later number, and was featured during a tour of the American battleships off the coats of Ireland. We were in a concert party, and on one occasion had to go in a drifter from Bantry Bay to Berehaven; I shall never forget the experience, for the sea was appallingly rough, and gigantic waves sweeping over us as pitched and tossed in the Atlantic.

I clung to the rails round the funnel with one hand and to the rope attached to a sheet of tarpaulin suspended above with the other. The sheet was full of water, and I got most of it down my neck before we had ended the stormy trip.

We spent four days on the American battleships and they wanted us to stay four more days, but we were fortunately unable to do so, owing to prior engagements in England. I say "fortunately" because if we had stayed we should have ultimately crossed by the ill-fated Leinster Castle, which was torpedoed in mid Channel......

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