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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
The Minstrel Man is beautiful and evocative composition and has the almost classic ragtime form of AABBACDD with a 4-bar introduction. The melodies, particularly that of the C-strain which is achingly haunting for this editor's taste, dare not be taken too fast. In this adaptation for recorder sextet the treble voice has the melodic line throughout but the 1st tenor too has an important close harmony role - exquisite tonguing is demanded of both players to achieve the desired effect.
The cover of the original sheet music shows appropriately shows a black faced dancing minstrel man
The Minstrel Man was published by Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
A tempo of 50 crotchets/min. is mandated.