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Length: approx. 3 mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor is doubled.
One of Jean Schwartz's best known ragtime compositions, The White Wash Man
is a splendid rag in ABBACC form with a 4-bar introduction and a 12-bar interlude between the CC strains. Announced on the front cover as Jerome & Schwartz's new study in rag time this piece is exactly that - something to get one's ragtime fingers around - be it for piano or for recorder ensemble. In this transcription for recorder, the melodies are shared by the treble and 1st tenor voices. The A strain is characterised by close harmony syncopated passages being accentuated by slurred semi-breves on the ground note giving an almost chiming effect - a nice touch indeed. All-in-all a delightful ensemble piece which is very rewarding to master.
The White Wash Man
was published by the Cohan & Harris Publishing Co.
, New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.