Sweet Pickles (1907)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: T.C. Bennett Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Trio T/T/B
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 381C
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Length: approx. 3 ¾ mins.
Sweet Pickles, written under the pseudonym of George E. Florence, is probably one of Bennett's finest pieces, a fitting contender to Chas. L. Johnson's Dill Pickles (1906) which was reportedly to have been the first ragtime piece to sell over one million copies. It is a striking composition. The 4-bar introduction is followed by an additional two-bar "vamp" as if a starting a song before proceeding with AABBCCDEED sections whereby the A section comprises an unusual 8 bars. The effervescent D section, a splendid opportunity for the 1st tenor to display his or her virtuosity by the way, tricks the first-time listener into believing that the piece will end right there. After the briefest of pauses (do not wait too long or the audience will start applauding!) the piece cleverly continues with the EE sections in C-minor before the final D section. Great stuff indeed!
Sweet Pickles was published by Victor Kremer Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a quintet version of this item.