Slippery Bill (1911)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: J.F. Stansell Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet D/A/T/B/B
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1423T
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Length: approx. 4 mins.
Slippery Bill was originally composed as a trombone piece and dedicated it to a certain "Slippery" Bill Birk, presumably a trombonist. That the said gentleman is depicted on the front cover of the original sheet music is pure unfounded conjecture on the editor's part.This is a lively and jolly composition, a fun piece both for players and listeners. As to the two step itself, its form is AABBCC with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the keys of C and F respectively. This adaptation for recorder quintet is transposed an octave thigher than the original piano score. The descant voice has the melodies throughout but the basses along with the treble and tenor are not without their special moments.
Slippery Bill was published by the C.C. Powell, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 120 crotchets/min. is suggested.