Old Folks at Home / My Old Kentucky Home (1913)
Last updated: 03.04.18
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 189
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Length: approx. 1¾ mins.
The Old Folks at Home here is a very pretty ragtime arrangement of two of Stephen Collins Foster's most beautiful melodies. This transcription for recorder quintet being an all tenor/bass affair brings out the sonorous strains very effectively. Wenrich had also written a two-piece ragtime medley Home Sweet Home and Annie Laurie (1906) - a composition which could well be performed in the same programme. It is interesting to compare all these ragtime versions with those written by "The Czar of Ragtime" Axel W. Christensen in 1915. Of the two, the Wenrich versions are less inventive but much easier for intermediate ensembles whilst the Christensen versions which explore all registers tend more towards the advanced. No matter - using sentiments expressed by that wonderful old Quaker publisher of yore, John Stark, all versions edify and bring enjoyment to mankind!
Old Folks at Home was published by McKinley Music Co., Chicago & New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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