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Length: approx. 6 mins. Sounds best if the tenor and bass are doubled.
In making this recorder adaptation, the editor gratefully acknowledges Dr. Sally Beth MacMaster, lover of piano music in Bonifay, Florida, for generously providing access to her materials. Dr. MacMaster heard Ripples of the Allegheny
played very often during her childhood by her mother, Mary Alice Aughe, and has retained a life-long love for this delightful enduring piece of parlour music.
This Galop de Concert, written during the mainstream of Lincoln's creativity, has an AABBACCDDCAAB form in the major keys of C and F and has an 8-bar introduction and an 8-bar coda. In keeping with the title and as one would expect the strains are descriptive and evocative of watery realms. The introduction fairly bubbles and cascades upwards requiring careful co-ordination between the tenor and basses. All strains, excepting the D-strain which is a stately bass affair, ripple joyously and at times flow almost hypnotically along in a charming and soothing manner. A real ensemble piece: a descant's delight (runs from start to finish) balanced by much bar-counting and precise, confident playing by the treble and tenor voices whereby the basses "um-pah" gently and unobtrusively.
Ripples of the Allegheny
was published by Vandersloot Music Pub. Co.
, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA.
A tempo of 96 crotchets/min. is suggested.
This recorder adaptation is lovingly dedicated to Mary Alice Aughe, who played it with enduring dedication to Mr. Lincoln.