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Length: approx. 3 mins. Sounds best if the 1st and 2nd tenors are doubled
The reasons for Why We Smile
are clearly shown on the cover of the original sheet music which has a similar motif to many of his compositions and that is three Negro boys smiling admiringly at a pile of sumptuous, delicious water melons. The rag too is a happy piece well in keeping with its title in AABBCCA form in the major keys of F and Bb. In this recorder adaptation, the first voice can fortuitously performed on a tenor recorder providing the top D's can be played comfortably.
Why We Smile
was published by Frank G. Fite
, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.