Charles Kinkel (1832-1872) was an American composer who prepared Red Stockings Polka in 1869 as a tribute to the popular Cincinnati baseball club. Subtitled, “To the Ladies of Cincinnati.”
This arrangement has been prepared for the instrumentation of Alford’s “Hungry Five” polka band books and serves as a fine addendum to those familiar pieces. While the clarinet parts tend to be the most active, they often feature diatonic scalar patterns that remain accessible to most intermediate-level players. Again, it’s mostly short diatonic 16th note bursts. At the risk of sounding sloppy, it may be better to take the tempo at a little slower tempo to better accommodate. Besides, if playing this piece for Polka dancing, it would be best to take this at a more danceable tempo anyway.
This downloadable PDF package contains a full score and a set of parts that are ready to go for adding some extra variety to your German Band’s Oktoberfest gig!