Desecration (1914)
Rag Humoresque
Last updated: 23.01.24
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Composer: F. Arndt Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T+A/T+B/T+B/T+B/B/GB(B)+D
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 450
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Length: approx. 5¾ mins.
Desecration was dedicated by the Arndt quite simply to T. Whoever he or she may have been is a mystery. The work itself is indeed humorous cleverly combining well known melodies from classic composers to whit: Antonín Dvorák (Humoresque), Ferencz Liszt (2nd Rhapsody), Christian Sinding (Rustle of Spring), Fryderyk F. Chopin (Scherzo, Polonaise and Funeral March). The whole is an absolute delight and a must for those recorder ensembles that relish in alternation. Only the bass remains by his or her instrument throughout. All voices have at some time or other solos and virtuoso passages. Fiendishly difficult yet hugely rewarding to master. Whether the thus treated illustrious composers would consider their works to have been desecrated by Arndt's "raggedisation" is obviously a matter of conjecture. This editor however has a gut-feeling that those Olympians would smile down benevolently on all players, pianists or recorder instrumentalists alike, who take up the challenge of interpreting this particular desecration.
Desecration was published by G. Ricordi & Co. Inc, New York, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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