Composer
RITTER
Title
Scotch Fantasia on "There's Nae Luck About the House"
Instrumentation
piccolo, piano
Publisher
Alry Publications (Pan Publications)
Grade
3
Product Code
38A2100VE864

Scotch Fantasia on "There's Nae Luck About the House" by E.W. Ritter
For Piccolo and Piano

The Victorian era in music was the most whimsical and fantastic period in the history of written music. It was the time when woodworking machines first came into being, making possible the variety of decorative embellishments that we have come to regard as "gingerbread" in architecture. Everything was overdone to the limit! Music was no exception. Musical instruments, especially the flute, gained a mechanism that was capable of playing faster than ever before. Composers such as Doppler and Nicholson made use of this new-found velocity in expounding with great flourish upon the themes of familiar songs. Many have said that these selections lack real musical validity. Granted, they are no masterworks; however, they are exciting to hear and thrilling to accomplish. These selections should be executed not only with accuracy, but also with a "wit" that relates the feeling of frivolity befitting the period.

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