From "Choice Selections for the Banjo" by Geo. L. Lansing, published by L. B. Gatcomb Company, 1890. I learned this piece from the original sheet music which...

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Comment by marc dalmasso on December 29, 2017 at 21:36
superbe; on retrouve vraiment le style " Geo Lansing " dans ce morceau
Comment by Joel Hooks on January 1, 2018 at 18:49

You nailed it!  We should play this one at the next rally.

"Darkie's Dream" was probably the most popular "classic banjo" solo published.  I have yet to run across a stack of sheet music that did not have a copy (sometimes two).   It was in continuous publication until Gatacomb sold their library to Walter Jacobs.  Jacobs reissued it in both A and C notation and it remained in print well into the teens and later. Essex offered it in C notation (I presume without permission) as he retitled the sequel).

I am attaching "The Story of The Darkie's Dream" from a 1908 issue of the Cadenza.

Good playing!

Cadenza_Vol_15_No_1_1908%20%28dragged%29.pdf

Comment by Joel Hooks on January 1, 2018 at 18:52

Bickford did a later arrangement in the key of C with the banjo in standard tuning.  It is interesting to try and play it after learning the original with bass elevated.

Darkie%27s%20Dream%20%28First%29.TIF

Comment by Paul Draper on January 1, 2018 at 19:49

Thanks very much for the info, Joel!  Much appreciated..

Comment by Anthony Derycke on January 4, 2018 at 11:10

Vraiment exellent et

Merci Paul de m'avoir donné l'evie d'aprendre cette pièce absolument magnifique et merci pour la partition ;)

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