Tune of the Day: The Whistler and his Dog
Having served as both lead trombonist and assistant conductor in John Philip Sousa's band, Arthur Pryor became so well known as a virtuoso that some started referring to him as the “Paganini of the trombone”. He was also a prolific composer, and besides marches and trombone solos he wrote many dances and novelty pieces, among which “The Whistler and his Dog” (1905) has proved the most enduring.
The piece featured a remarkably catchy solo for the piccolo in D-flat, the most common version of the instrument at the time. It was recorded by many musicians during the first half of the 20th century, and was further popularized by its inclusion in an Our Gang/The Little Rascals episode (“The Pitch Singer”, 1936).
Thanks to Greg for suggesting this tune!