Length: approx. 5¾ mins.
The Lion Tamer is said by Trebor Jay Tichenor in his Recorded Ragtime, 1897-1958 to be "probably the most incredible work to come out of the Ohio Valley area. A piece that is truly a fantasia with surprising harmonies and syncopations, a labyrinth of inspired ragtime." A view heartily endorsed by this editor!
Recorder ensembles will have a lot of lion taming to do themselves in mastering this jewel of a composition. The melodies, of which there are 5 in AABBCCDDE form, are shared by the descant and 1st tenor voices. The 1st tenor also has a treat in being invited to play a few bars on a sopranino whilst the 1st bass is equally asked to alternate to tenor. All-in-all a long and rewarding piece that makes demands on the players - something for the ambitious!
The Lion Tamer was published by A.F. Marzian, New Albany, Indiana, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
"The Lion Tamer (1913)" has been recorded by:
Sue Keller on "Kellerized"
"Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "A Ragtime Sampler"
"Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "Rhapsodies in Ragtime"