|Publisher:||Ditty Box Enterprises||Publication:||DBE 387|
Length: approx. 3 mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor and bass doubled.
Amongst the most strident and extravagant publishers' blurbs ever written at the dawn of the immodest ragtime era, the blurb used by Chas. K. Harris for The Hottest Ever, must surely take the cake! Well, the title itself is practically unsurpassed but the extraordinary claim on the cover of the original sheet music that it was "As Played By All The Bands & Orchestras In The World" is surely exaggerating a tiny bit! The cover also has a tantalising inset of a lovely smiling young lady, a certain Jane Whitbeck: Was she the hottest ever? Who knows?
As to the piece itself, it is a pleasant, quirky, jerky number with plenty of stops, twiddly bits and dialogues between the melody and rhythm sections. It has the sonata form of AABACCA with a 4-bar introduction in the major keys of C and G. And should present no problems to beginner ensembles.
The Hottest Ever was published by Chas. K. Harris, New York, USA.
A tempo of 78 crotchets/min. is suggested.