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The following is taken from the New York Herald on Sunday, 13th January, 1901 as re-printed on the back cover of He Laid Away A Suit Of Gray To Wear The Union Blue composed by Ben Jansen (music) and Edward M. Wickes (words), published by Feist and Frankenthaler, New York, to advertise Holzmann's Hunky Dory.
GERMAN COMPOSER WHO WRITES AMERICAN CAKEWALK MUSICThere is in this country at the present time a celebrated writer of classical music whose propensity for composing darkie dances has given him an international reputation. His name is A. Holzmann and he is a German of high musical education. His knowledge of bass and counterpoint is thorough, and his standard compositions bear the stamp of harmonic lore, which makes his proclivity for the writing of the popular style of music the more remarkable. Still, he continues to compose the latter, and with such unqualified success that his name has now become associated with the leading successes in this line in the country.
When John Philip Sousa raised his baton to the opening measures of Composer Holzmann's famous "Smoky Mokes" last season, the noted bandmaster's audience was nonplussed. Then surprise gave way to delight and vociferous applause. Persons in the audience consulting their programmes discovered a new genius in their midst. From that hour the name of Holzmann was a byword for American cakewalks, and "Smoky Mokes" re-echoed upon the pianos of a million music lovers. Then followed "A Bunch of Blackberries" and other famous oddities in Southern music by the same composer.
An interesting idea of the American love for the Antonín Dvorák theme in the plantation melody is seen in Composer Holzmann's latest creation, "Hunky Dory". As can be gleaned from the accompanying extract of this quaint composition, the music is a happy combination of the cake walk and the two-step. the melody is rhythmical and full of jingling originality and tempts one's feet to impulsive action. The HERALD presents this unique creation to its readers from Composer Holzmann's original manuscript. The dance will be simultaneously produced in England, France and Germany during the coming month, and is already in vogue with the leading orchestras and bands in this country.
Well, dear surfer, that was quite a charming article wasn't it? My first acquaintance with Holzmann's work was his famous Blaze-Away! which I first heard in my childhood never dreaming that one day I would get around to adapting this stirring march for a recorder ensemble!
List of Abe Holzmann's works.
18. More sheet music at the Amazons
- [§] A La Carte (1915), Tenor/Tenor/Tenor+Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Alagazam (1902), Treble(Tenor)/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Blaze-Away! (1901), Treble/Tenor/Tenor+Bass/Bass+Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Bunch O' Blackberries (1899), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Bass(Great Bass)
- [§] Calanthe (1900), Treble+Bass/Treble/Tenor/Bass+Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Cowperthwait Centennial March (1907), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass+Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Flying Arrow (1906), Treble+Sopranino/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Hunky-Dory (1900), Treble(Tenor)/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Love-Land (1905), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Tenor+Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Nyomo (1906), Tenor/Tenor/Tenor+Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Old Faithful (1907), Tenor/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Smoky Mokes (1899), Treble/Treble(Tenor)/Tenor/Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Spirit of Independence (1912), Tenor/Tenor/Tenor/Tenor/Tenor+Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Uncle Sammy (1904), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] The Whip (1913), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] The Winning Fight (1911), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Yankee Grit (1905), Tenor/Tenor/Tenor/Tenor+Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
19. More sheet music at Ditty Box Enterprises
Further sheet music at DBE:
Abe Holzmann , biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards
Ragtime Music CDs:
Ton Van Bergeyk on "Famous Ragtime Guitar Solos" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Eubie Blake on "Golden Reunion in Ragtime"
"Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "Whipped Cream Rag"
Various Artists on "American Light Music Classics"
Various Artists on "Cakewalks, Rags & Blues - Military Style" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Various Artists on "From Cake-Walk To Ragtime 1898-1916" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Various Artists on "From Ragtime to Jazz Vol. 4: 1896-1922" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Various Artists on "Good Time Jazz Story"
Various Artists on "I'll Dance till de Sun Breaks through"
Various Artists on "Kings of the Ragtime Banjo"
Various Artists on "Pianola Ragtime: Early Piano Jazz and Ragtime Played on Pianola Rolls: Vol. 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Various Artists on "Ragtime to Jazz: Vol. 1" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Various Artists on "Ragtime, Vol. 1: 1897-1919" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Various Artists on "Ring, Ring de Banjo: Banjo Showpieces"
Various Artists on "Spaghetti Rag: Rag Music with Mandolins" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Various Artists on "That Devilin' Tune" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Various Artists on "Thatsum Rag!"
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "That Demon Rag!" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Tony Parenti on "Ragtime Jubilee" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
The Skirtlifters on "A Ragtime Episode"
Richard Zimmerman on "The Roots of Ragtime" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Brass Music CDs:
South Shore Circus Concert Band on "Sounds of the Circus - Volume 19" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)