Leven Forty Five From the Hotel (1903)
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Length: approx. 4 mins.
This is what the composer said about this piece.
In the early days of Minstrelysy a little troupe travelled the South and Southwest, playing in a different town nightly. It was customary for them to give a dress parade starting from the hotel at noon, that being considered the best time to attract the attention of everyone. The manager always had the boys - as he called them - meet a quarter of an hour before the starting time, and it was a tacit understanding that they, wearing their high silk hats, get in line at "'Eleven Forty-Five from the Hotel".
Obviously intended to be a fun piece, this is a typical Mills bright and cheery march in AABBACBB form with a 4-bar introduction and a witty 4-bar "drum effect" interlude, originally scored to be made with knuckles on piano lid, before the final BB strains. Here in this recorder adaptation it suggested either to rap the recorders (very funny! - perhaps?) or to stamp feet or even to use real percussion.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
'Leven Forty-Five from the Hotel
was published by F. A. Mills
, New York, USA.