Virginia Two-Step (1899)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: H.H Mincer Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 601
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
Virginia Two-Step is an early example of the fusion of ragtime and cakewalks and with its subtitle of Two Step and Hot Rag Swing it gives notice to a future jazz and swing generation. The cakewalk itself is a jolly heavily syncopated affair in a basically AABBCC form with a 4-bar introduction and two 12- and 4-bar interludes between the AB and CB strains respectively. The strains are somewhat folksy and melodic which in this transcription for recorder ensembles allow the 1st tenor to display his/her virtuosity having the melody line from start to finish.
This piece was revived in the 1960s by the ragtime pianist Robert Ackerman.
A tempo of 76 crotchets/min. is suggested.
Virginia Two-Step was published by Windsor Music Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
There is also a tenor solo version of this item.