Length: approx. 5 mins.
The Sand-Dancers demonstrates all of O'Hare's quirky creativity with a penchant for irregular strain lengths and unexpected stops. Its form is basically AABBCCCAB with a 4-bar introduction, a 1-bar "interlude" between the AA- and BB-strains, a 16-bar interlude separating the final C- strain and a 6-bar coda. The AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively and, unusually, the A-strain is of an odd 19-bars. This adaptation for recorder sextet is an all tenor/bass affair and the 1st tenor has a particularly fine time of it having all the melodies. The basses here play a very important role in maintaining an even pace, especially through the stops. The 2nd and 3rd tenors as well as the 1st bass all have some bar-counting to do. A real ensemble piece!
The Sand-Dancers was published by M. Witmark and Sons, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
"The Sand-Dancers (1907)" has been recorded by:
Elliott Adams on "That Demon Rag"