Get Over Sal (1914)
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Composer: W. Herzer Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A+S/T+D/T+A/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 666
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
With a catalogue number associated with the "Beast", Get Over, Sal is fiendishly difficult, as an adaptation for recorder sextet that is. The introduction is scored Play slowly for Fox Trot and the main composition, which is as syncopated as it gets is uncompromisingly scored Il Rago. Its form is a straightforward AABBACC with a 4-bar introduction all in C-major. The A-strain is a lovely bass-affair in dialogue with the 1st tenor whilst the following B- glorious strain is taken over by the melody voices in close harmony and punctuated by a 2-bar walking passage. During the second iteration of the A-strain there is ample time for the melody voices to alternate to sopranino, descant and treble needed for the exciting C-strains. A fantastic ensemble piece well worth the effort need to master it!
In preparing this adaptation, the editor is exceedingly grateful to Peter Persoff for kindly providing access to his materials.
This adaptation for recorder sextet is respectfully dedicated to "The Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble", Sacramento, California. Get Over, Sal was published by Wallie Herzer, San Francisco, California, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.