It's a Pipp'n (1917)
Novelty Fox Trot
Last updated: 11.10.21
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Composer: O. Motzan Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A(T)/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 536
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
It's A Pipp'n (1911), as can be seen on the original front cover, was obviously inspired by the fruit of the same name. The Oxford English Reference Dictionary gives us "1a an apple grown from seed. b a red and yellow dessert apple 2 colloc. An excellent person or thing; a beauty [ME f. OF pepin unkn. orig.]". Please take your pick!
The composer has followed a well-trodden path in choosing a fruity title. Earlier examples include Arthur Marshall's The Pippin (1908) - "A Sentimental Rag", Scott Joplin's Peacherine Rag (1901) and Percy Wenrich's Crab Apples (1908).
The piece itself is an engaging foxtrot with many nice touches in ABBB form with a 4-bar introduction and a 12-bar interlude separating the final B-strain - the whole in the recorder friendly key of C-major. The treble voice, which can equally well be played using a tenor, has all the glory from start to finish with all the syncopation and flourishing ornamentation something to get one's teeth into!
It's A Pipp'n was published by Karczag Pub. Co. Inc., New York, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.