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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
With Peace and Plenty
Scott optimistically celebrated the end of World War I as did practically all his contemporaries around the world at that time. The mood of the period is reflected by the graceful, luxuriously attired soon-to-be flapper adorning the cover of the original sheet music. The rag itself is quite complex both in harmonies and form also reflecting the change from old to new styles, from ragtime to jazz. The composition opens with a 5-bar introduction followed by standard AABBA 16-bar strains. Then there is a 4-bar passage leading to CCDC strains. The 12-bar D strain is probably better described as an interlude (or "dogfight" to use the period parlance) and was typical of some early jazz and some older marches. Using both a sopranino and descant in this recorder adaptation demands the best of ensemble skills in avoiding squeakiness in the upper registers. A piece for ragtime connoisseurs!
Peace and Plenty
was published by Stark Music Co
, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a quartet
version of this item.