Catnip (1911)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 148
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Length: approx. 2¼ mins.
Now catnip is better known on the western side of the great ditch as catmint and is a downy labiate plant, Nepeta cataria, with purple-spotted white flowers and a mintlike smell attractive to cats. Well this jolly Wenrich two step of the same name will certainly intoxicate all ragtime cats. A short piece in a rondo AABBACCA form, it has hypnotic qualities demanding constant repetition. Yes Sir! The title Catnip is well chosen!
In making this recorder adaptation, the editor gratefully acknowledges Leonard Kaufer, collector of Percy Wenrich music in San Jose, California, for generously providing access to his materials.
Catnip was published by Frank K. Root and Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 180 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a tenor solo version of this item.