A Coon Serenade (1903)
Last updated: 28.08.18
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Composer: M.H. Irish Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 709
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
According to Trebor Jay Tichenor in his Ragtime Rediscoveries, A Coon Serenade is one of those compositions representing the original Nashville sound i.e. a distinctive folk-inspired ragtime, a bucolic hill-music flavour mixed with a flair for ambitious ragged syncopation. Whatever - it is a fine rag indeed. Its form is a straightforward AABBCC with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and C-strains are in the major keys of C and G respectively. The cover of the original sheet music shows a barefoot kneeling black-faced banjo player no doubt serenading. In this transcription for recorder sextet the 1st bass may well prefer to alternate at times to a tenor, especially for the B-strain.
A Coon Serenade was published by Frank G. Fite, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
A tempo of 160 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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