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Length: approx. 3¾ mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor and bass doubled.
Writing about Bale O' Cotton
in her Cakewalks, Two Steps and Rags
in 2001, Nora Hulse
mentions the possibility that this piece may have been written by Marzian's wife Myrtle Jacobson. Whatever - they kept it in the family! The composition itself is a rousing affair in ABBACCDD form with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the A and CC strains. Its general character is of melodic solo passages interspersed finger thumping chords. In this adaptation for recorder ensemble the melodies are shared by treble and 1st tenor. The treble has also the additional joy of alternating to descant while the 1st tenor might be tempted to alternate to treble for the final D strain All-in-all a fun piece which could be well employed at the end of a ragtime recital as a strident final curtain number or as an encore.
Bale O' Cotton
was published by A.F. Marzian
, New Albany, Indiana, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.