I Got the Blues (1908)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: A. Maggio Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/B+T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 951
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
The composer "Respectfully Dedicated I Got the Blues to all those Who have the Blues". Described on the cover of the original sheet music as "An Up-to-Date Rag" it was apparently first written and published by Hawkes in 1908 for full orchestra and military band. A piano version, from which this adaptation for recorder sextet is derived, was then issued in 1909 and the copyright transferred to Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA in 1910. This piece, regarded as one of the earliest blues compositions, opens with a 12-bar blues in G-major followed and then follows with more-or-less regular ragtime themes. In this adaptation for recorder sextet with no less than four basses, the blues theme is bought out particularly well. This was and is something completely different both as a composition and also as an arrangement for a recorder ensemble,
I Got the Blues was published by A. Maggio, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.