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Length: approx. 4½ mins. Sounds best with the treble, 1st tenor and bass doubled.
is a fine, striding cake walk celebrating the cheerful gentleman with a perfect trombone playing posture shown on the cover of the original sheet music. Whether Trombone Johnsen was an actual historical personage, such as Kerry Mills
's Impecunious Davis (1899)
or Chas. L. Johnson
's Doc Brown's Cakewalk (1899) et al
, or merely fictional character providing a catchy title is lost in the annals of ragtime history of more than a hundred years ago. For those not in the know a cake walk was a dance developed from an Afro-American contest in graceful walking dating from the plantation and slavery days - a cake being the prize. A pre-cursor to ragtime, the dance took on many versions even to the extent of being adapted by high society in Paris.
was published by Stark Music Co
, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.