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THE WHITE MINSTRELS BY SAM PAYNE.
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THE WHITE MINSTRELS BY SAM PAYNE.

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'THE WHITE MINSTRELS'

By Sam Payne

This is a real old-timer !  The piece was written by a then well-known London banjo teacher and composer called Sam Payne, who dedicated the solo to his friend Will C. Pepper.   In 1896, Pepper had left the Pierrot company led by Clifford Essex, to form a Concert Party which he called ‘The White Coons’, a name which is considered unacceptable these days —  hence the alternative title.

It is written in what musicians call ‘Rondo Form’ which simply means that a particular phrase or section is repeated several times with alternative tunes in between, rather like a multi-layer sandwich.  In this case the ‘bread’ is in G major, three of the four ‘fillings’ are in the relative, E minor, and the fourth is in D major.   Payne introduces simple harmonics, slides on the third and fourth strings, and what Morley would call ‘Thumb Rasps’, — all with an attractive little repeated tune, which must have delighted the original audiences, and should please any modern banjoist.

 


 

 Play a digital sample of  'The White Minstrels'

We can either send you a hard copy of this music, printed on high quality 120 gsm paper, price £3.00 post free. Or we can email you a downloadable file, price £1.30, and you can print the music yourself. Please choose in the options box located at the bottom of this page.

In an effort to make our sheet music affordable to all, we have made all sheet music post free, worldwide. This is a facility we would like to retain. We ask that if you are ordering music from outside the United Kingdom please order at least two titles. 

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