According to the performance note, Heliotrope Bouquet
results from Scott Joplin
's collaboration with Louis Chauvin
. It is in the classic ragtime
idiom and usually suffers from being played far too quickly; an unhurried tempo and a strict adherence to note-values will allow the true lyricism of the music to be realised. The melody is shared by the two upper instruments
This piece was a great favourite of the Blue Monday
and Blue Tuesday consorts. If done properly, i.e. at a nice slow pace as mentioned above, then this piece reminds me very much of the old-time fairground heliotrope and its light-hearted jangly music. The treble part is very demanding requiring a very rapid change to sopranino in just two bars and the first note of a descending run being a top E!
This arrangement may be found in Consort With a Swing 2