Clover Blossom Rag (1910)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: F.D. Heltman Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 902
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
Clover Blossom Rag has a quasi-sonata form of AABBACCA with a 4-bar introduction which doubles as an interlude between the final C- and A strains. Whereby ABBA- and CCA are written in the major keys of C- and F- respectively. The whole piece is in this adaptation for recorder quintet characterised by long beautiful close harmony passages in which the treble and 1st tenor voices can demonstrate their virtuosity as the most careful co-ordination is required. The editor's favourite here is the C-strain the first iteration of which is a bass affair and the repeat being taken up by all. Another great Heltman ensemble piece!.
The cover of the original sheet music shows a smiling lady surrounded by a red floret set against a grey four-leafed clover, a botanical improbability perhaps but tasteful nonetheless.
Clover Blossom Rag was published by The Fred Heltman Co., Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.