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When You Wore a Tulip


Music: Percy Wenrich
Lyrics: Jack Maloney
Arranged by: Ruth Randle, 2011

Many memorable tunes were published in 1914, led by Saint Louis Blues, but including other top sellers such as Missouri Waltz, A Little Bit of Heaven, and this month's selection, When You Wore a Tulip (and I Wore a Big Red Rose).

Percy Wenrich had a long and successful career writing music characterized as "parlor songs", to be played on pianos and sold as recordings. This type of music replaced Ragtime, but eventually gave way to Jazz. Wenrich began his career as a professional musician in Missouri, where he was known as the "Joplin Kid". This led to his lifetime career as a songwriter.

About the Music

Notice that this melody is played in an unusual, syncopated 2/4 tempo throughout, consisting of sequences of eighth-quarter-eighth note groupings. This gives a "bouncy" effect that is not at all like a 2/4 march step.

This arrangement also demonstrates how faster tempos can be played by "cross-picking" notes (vertically across the strings, rather than horizontally along the fingerboard). This is a feature of note distribution produced by the 1-3-5 tuning. With a little practice, we feel you will find this music rather easy to play.

Your 1-3-5 Team




Download files 


When You Wore a tulip.mid

When You Wore a Tulip.pdf

When You Wore a tulip.tef


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