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Alfred D. Cammeyer (born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1862) was accredited with the invention of the zither banjo, and he then went to England to compose and perform ...
Brilliant. I've been working on this one and it's a lot trickier than it looks. A funny thing about this song is that the rhythm and harmonic progression somewhat reminds me of a Soviet song from the same period -- Komsoflotsky Marsch, often translated as "Forward, Red Marines". This confirms Richard Ineson's theory that the banjo was being used by red agents to infiltrate the cream of decadent imperialist society, where the banjo was very popular indeed.
Honestly, we need an arrangement of this. It would be hilarious.
Good playing there, Tony.
Now speaking of decadent society, I've just finished reading Cammeyer's "My Adventuresome Banjo", or to be precise, I've read all of it that I care to. He was such an intelligent composer and such a vapid writer. It's all yachts and private clubs and empty-headed back slapping and very little of musical interest. It may be of historical interest to someone however. I think what put me off was Alfred Cammeyer's complete rejection of personal pronouns at the start of sentences or at the start of clauses. "I played well" would be "Played well". "She had a new banjo" is "Had a new banjo". etc. For those who are not bothered by page after page of this, I am offering the book for sale to members of this forum for $50 USD which is less than I paid. If no takers I'll sell it elsewhere at my actual cost, or auction it on ebay and retire on the profits, or use it for a foot rest. For those outside the USA I'd have to add the postage cost, which might be substantial. Sorry to hijack your thread, Tony.
Yes, the trio part is just crazy. The piano part just spazzes out and it's almost easier to play fast than slow due to the tricky rhythm.
Oh, and the picture in the video doesn't have anything to do with the song, it's just a poster. The song is actually pre-WWII -- the title isn't краснои армии слава. The song is called Комсофлотский Марш, and it is also known as Вперёд, Краснофлоцы, and it was written in the 1920s.
Could you please sum up the musically relevant bits for us? I was also interested in the book but I was very disappointed when I saw a few excerpts and noticed what you described above -- basically, that it's mostly about high society and silly upper-class toffs.
Mike, there are no musically relevant bits. He plays here and everyone thinks he is wonderful. Then he play there and he is the best thing since sliced bread, don't you know, old boy? Then he carries his banjo somewhere else and without taking it out of the case he exchanges betting tips on race horses with the crowned heads of Europe. He gets invited to parties with the Right People and they all take an interest in his banjo —whether or not he plays it — because it is a curiosity I suppose. It's just chapter after chapter of name dropping written in what I think is intended to be a "breezy" style. I still like his music.
Go on, tell me how long you have played classic style so that I know how many more years I need to live to become that good ;-)
The unsigned copies of Cam's MAB are the rare ones.
I guess the unsigned copies are like postage stamps that got misprinted with an upside down image etc. My copy is signed. Still available.
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