Big Foot Lou (1899)
Cake Walk & Two Step
Last updated: 28.01.22
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Composer: J. Gearen Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 545
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
Big Foot Lou, a one-off cakewalk by Joseph Gearen, is distinguished by the use of "ragtime" in the finale. The piece itself is a spirited composition in AABBCDC form with a 4-bar introduction with many nice little touches. In this adaptation for recorder the melodies are shared by the treble and 1st tenor voices. The D-strain is characterised by dialogue between the upper and lower voices and the final "jazzed up" C-strain is pure ragtime fun. Judging by the cover of the original sheet music "Big Foot" Lou himself appears to have been a banjo player. Whether or not that he was a historical personage or a whimsical fiction remains lost in the ragtime history of more that a century ago.
Big Foot Lou was published by Victor Kremer Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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     Title Performer
youtube15.jpg Big Foot Lou (2;20) Ragtime Dorian Henry