Yankiana (1905)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: E.E. Loftis Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE0992
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Length: approx. 4¼ mins.
The cover of the original sheet music shows Yankiana as a demure young lady clad in patriotic drapery sitting demurely on the lower horn of the moon. The stirring march two-step itself has an ABBACCCC form with an 8-bar introduction and a 16-bar interlude before the final CC-stains which themselves are played an octave higher than during in the first iteration. The keys used are Bb and Eb-major for the ABBA- and CC-strains respectively. In this adaptation for recorder sextet the perhaps descant is the most interesting. Being gainfully employed only for the introduction and final CC-strains, the performer not only has much bar-counting to do but is also invited to alternate to bass and tenor for a few bars or so. The 1st tenor has otherwise the most of the melodies. All-in-all, a most enjoyable ensemble piece.
Yankiana was published by Leo Feist, New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.