Dixie Kicks (1908)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A(T)/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 159
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
Dixie Kicks (1908) is the last of a trilogy Wenrich Dixie titles, the others being Dixie Blossoms (1906) and Dixie Darlings (1907). For those not in the know, Dixie is an informal appellation given to the southern states of the USA. It derives from the same named marching song sung by Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815-1904). This song was very popular with and sung by the Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War.
This ragtime two step is a piece of charming simplicity its form being ABBCCAB with a 4-bar introduction, a 4-bar interlude separating the CCA strains and a 4-bar coda. The strains have as one would expect a distinctive Dixie flair. In the original sheet music the final B-strain (bar 57) is scored mf-ff although it is not repeated. A printing error? Whatever - this has been faithfully reproduced in this adaptation for recorder ensemble. It is left to the performers to decide whether to play mf, ff or even to repeat. Wenrich certainly would not mind so please experiment!
Dixie Kicks was published by McKinley Music Co., Chicago & New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There are also treble solo and tenor solo versions of this item.
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