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Length: approx. 3 mins.
This brilliant march Blaze-Away!, still immensely popular in brass band circles, commemorated or cashed-in on the then current fascination with Teddy Roosevelt's charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American war. The march quickly became popular with bands such as John Philip Sousa 's and many circus bands as well. This recorder adaptation is quite demanding on the 1st bass, a whole series of high G's and A's being required (bars 21-29). If the result is too "squeaky" then quickly grabbing a tenor may be the answer or simply playing the passage an octave lower. This is a real fun piece!
A tempo of between 160 - 180 crotchets/min. is suggested. Blaze Away was published by Leo Feist, New York, USA.
This recorder adaptation is respectfully dedicated to Mr Michael Carlos of Strokestown, County Roscommon, Ireland.