|Home | Recorder Music | Rec. Quintet: ||Bantam Step (1916)|
|Editor:||Geoff Grainger||Quintet:||Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)|
|Publisher:||Ditty Box Enterprises||Publication:||DBE 1015|
|Audio:||Audio file information|
Length: approx. 2½ mins. Sounds best with the bass doubled.
Trebor Jay Tichenor in his Ragtime Rarities describes Bantam Step as a haunting, very original contribution to the dance menagerie when referring to animal dances, a craze at that time. Its form is AABBACCA with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet, the melodies are shared alternately by the 1st tenor and treble voices. The cover of the original sheet music shows predictably a pair of those said avian creatures facing each and other performing a dawn chorus before an enormous dawning sun. Also shown is a wispy tree bearing what appears to be eggs - just the thing for Easter!
Tempi of 88/minim (as a fox trot) or 126/minim (as a one-step) are mandated.
Bantam Step was published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., New York & Chicago, USA.
"Bantam Step (1916)" has been recorded by:
Brent Watkins on "The Heroes of Parlor Town - Volume 1" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Bryan Wright on "Syncopated Musings: Classic Piano Rags and Ragtime Waltzes" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Elite Syncopators on "Ragtime Special"
Alan Martin on "Everything is Ragtime Now"
"Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "Rhapsodies in Ragtime"