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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
The then youthful Bessie E. Rudisill dedicated Way Down East
to her teacher, Miss Pattie Buchanan Billings Mont. This is a charming two step in the sonata form of AABBACCA with a 4-bar introduction. The melodies delight in their graceful simplicity and, especially apt for an adaptation for recorder ensemble, have a bird-like whistling quality. The treble and 1st tenor voices are honours even when it comes to sharing the melodies. The rhythm section have gentle "umpahs" throughout except for a few odd bars in the C-strain. All-in-all a lovely easy-on-the-ear ensemble piece.
Way Down East
was published by S. Simon Publisher
, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 78 crotchets/min. is suggested.