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Carrie actually hasn't gone anywhere this past year! Thanks to Steve Harrison for arranging this - score in the music library
Hi Carrie, very nicely played, you make it sound as if it could have been written for the banjo. You never know, maybe in the mists of time it was....Steve.
Thanks Steve - it's a catchy little tune, similar to 'Funeral March of an Old Jawbone'.
Blind Boone was a banjo player as well as a pianist and composer. Here's a screen capture from a Youtube feature on Blind Boone. The photo is from an archive in Columbia Missouri. And sure enough there's the banjo, not far from the piano.
There's a Youtube video of a player-piano roll cut by Blind Boone and at the end of it is "Carrie's Gone To Kansas City"...and it is played at such a horrifically fast tempo that it is barely recognizable.
I like your version better. It does sound like "Funeral March of an Old Jawbone". I was listening and thinking that I could probably play this 1850s Stroke Style... ;-)
Run the video forward to 3:40 for "Carrie's Gone..."
Thanks Marc. Oh yes, that is too fast...I prefer the more relaxed Max Morath version.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=820tOo-eSVY
Can someone explain to me what the pair of hands are doing in the piano roll video? Just fidgeting? Or what?
Many good player machines have a variety of "expression" controls that allow one to create a more "live" sounding performance. It depends on the machine as to what controls there are. Usually one can vary the tempo a little bit (sort of like controlling rubato) and dynamics (FF - PP, crescendo/decrescendo, etc.).
I think that in musical terms he is fiddling about making a bugger of the playback! Even at 75% using Youtube controls it sounds dreadful. Carrie thank you for playing correctly...great stuff :-)
Player piano controls:
I see! So maybe the piano roll of Blind Boone would sound not nearly so dreadful if the operator left the controls alone. Thanks to both of you.
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