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This is a very special item for me as it is the only piece of recorder music that I've attempted to edit myself for a recorder consort. This has to my knowledge only been performed once in public and that was on the occasion of my release party for "Ditty Box", in Kito, Vegesack on 24th May 1998.
The recorder adation of "The Augustan Club Waltzes" is scored for two trebles, two tenors, bass and great bass and written especially for Blue Tuesday
. The first treble also has do some nifty changing to sopranino for the high bits. The second tenor is not absolutely necessary. I was never satisfied with the opening four bars, my capabilities are sadly so lacking in finding some way to make seven recorders "shake" as in the original work.
All said and done, it was a very gratifying experience, and one that I should very much like to repeat in the future.
Since writing the above sometime in 1999, I fulfilled my dream in 2002 of working my way through all of Scot Joplin's works. The results may be seen in my catalogue.
The Augustan Club Waltzes is a delightful and charming piece full of Joplinesque ragtime charm. It had been commissioned by the all-white Augustinian Club, a remarkable achievement for a Negro composer in a world dominated by the white man.
The Augustan Club Waltzes was published by Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
The printed sheet music of the above manuscript is dedicated to Blue Tuesday and especially to Danielle Michel, the then suffering 2nd tenor who put up with it with patience and humour.