The Celebrated Chop Waltz (1877)
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Composer: E. Allen Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A+S/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 221
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Length: approx. 1¼ min.
According to a certain Jud Goodrich, Euphemia Allen specified that the melody be played with both hands held sideways, little fingers down, and the keys struck with a chopping motion; hence the name The Celebrated Chop Waltz. In Russia the work was called The Cutlet Polka.
This recorder adaptation is of course a childishly easy piece, except for the 2nd voice, with less than a handful of notes to be mastered by the performers. It may be played by absolute beginners with confidence after less than an hour of initial tuition. Due to its briefness and jokiness it can readily be repeated making an ideal encore. To get an idea of just what can be achieved with this piece, please listen to the fantastic rendering by the equally celebrated "Perfesser" Bill Edwards given in the MIDI link above.
A tempo of 180 crotchets/min. is suggested.

     Title Performer
youtube15.jpg The Lawrence Welk Show: Chopsticks Boogie (2:08) Jo Ann Castle