The Ellington Two-Step (1898)
Last updated: 04.05.17
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Composer: E.K. Bennett Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1180
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Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
The Ellington Two-Step appears to have been commissioned by the same named Cincinnati piano manufacturer of grand and upright pianos. The plain front cover of the original sheet music gives no hint to the delights within - perhaps this piece was used for advertising purposes and was placed on the consoles of the said pianos offered on offer in the sales room. The two-step itself is a pleasing and easy-going composition in AABBACCDD form whereby the ABC- and D-strains are written in the keys of C and F respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet, the treble has most of the melodies except for the C-strain which is shared with 1st tenor. The B-strain has a nice chiming effect where the bass is requested to alternate to tenor for a few bars, great for keeping an ensemble on its toes!
The editor is very much indebted to Carolyn Coleman for graciously providing access to her materials.
The Ellington Two-Step was published by D.H. Baldwin & Co., St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

This adaptation is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Linda K. Coleman, who loved all music.