Ida - Ho! (1906)
Last updated: 19.07.18
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Composer: H. von Tilzer Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1076
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Length: approx. 4½ mins.
The composer respectfully dedicated Ida - Ho! to, wait for it, Ida. Whoever she was and whatever her connection to the 43rd state was, is lost in ragtime history. A horsy composition, the front cover of the original sheet music not only says that it was Harry Von Tilzer's great wild western hit and two-step but also gives a full title of Whoa Ida-Ho Whoa. Just to make the whole thing perfect, the surrealistic cover was illustrated by Gene Buck. As to the fantasia itself, it has three themes all of which can be interpreted as horses proceeding with different gaits. The basses in this adaptation for recorder sextet will greatly enjoy imitating the hooves of these noble beasts. The editor would whimsically and dearly love to witness this piece being performed by a mounted recorder ensemble!
Ida - Ho! was published by Harry von Tilzer Music Pub. Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.