Don't Stop (1914)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: H. von Tilzer Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1073
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Length: approx. 4 mins. Sounds best with 2nd tenor doubled.
Whether Don't Stop was the composer's answer to Perpetuum Mobile Op. 257 by the younger Johann Strauss is merely a whimsical conjecture on part of the editor. Whatever, it is a lengthy piece and it certainly does give the impression of not wanting to end - the plain cover of the original sheet music does not provide any answer. Its form is ABBCCB with a 4-bar introduction and an 8-bar interlude preceding the final B-strain whereby the AB- and C-strains are in the major keys of F and Bb respectively. This adaptation for recorder quintet is a tenor/bass affair where honours are more-or-less even for the melody voices whilst the rhythm section has its moments. All-in-all a happy, easy-on-he-ear and cheerful composition that places no great demands on the performers' virtuosity.
Don't Stop was published by Harry von Tilzer Music Pub. Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.