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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (May 20, 2017)

The earliest record of shave-and-a-haircut-two-bits riff is in an 1899 song. The next identified publication occured in 1911. “Two bits,” of course, refers to a quarter in U.S. coins. In different English-speaking countries, it typically ends with different words: “five bob” for five shillings in Britain and “drop dead” in Australia. Numerous musical compositions include the riff, which is typically in as humorous musical punctuation. P.D.Q. Bach and Leonard Bernstein have both used the riff. This edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion begins with a composition for wind band based on this famous riff performed by the Grimethrorpe Colliery Band.

  1. I-Tiddley-I-Tie (Shave and a Hair Cut)
    Composer:   A. Roper
    Performer:  Grimethorpe Colliery Band
    Album:  Best of Brass, Vol. 3
  2. Fantasy on Theme from "Siegfried"
    Composer:  Richard Wagner (1818-1883), Luis Ayllon
    Performer:  La Artistica Bunol
    Album:  Ring for Band
  3. St. Louis Blues Fantasy
    Composer:  Peter Kleine Schaars (1962- ) (based on a theme by W. C. Handy)
    Performer:  Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy
    Album:  When the Swing Marches On
  4. Silver Threads Among the Gold (1873)
    Composer:  Hart Pease Danks (1834-1903)
    Performer:  Grimethorpe Collier Band
    Album:  Best of Brass, Vol. 3
  5. Sweet Georgia Brown (1925)
    Composer:   Maceo Pinkard (1897-1962), Kenneth Casey, and Ben Bernie (1891-1943)
    Performer:  Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
  6. Mansfield Matelot
    Composer:  Major John Perkins
    Performer:  Band of the Royal Marines
    Album:  A Musical Life in the Royal Marines
  7. Lezghinka
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
    Performer:  Band of the Royal Marines
    Album:  A Musical Life in the Royal Marines

Air Date: 

Saturday, May 20, 2017



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