Ragtime Chimes (1900)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: E.A. van Alstyne Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 567
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Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
Rag-Time Chimes is an early Alstyne contribution to the world of ragtime. A bright and breezy affair and as one would expect from the title has bell-like passages. Its form is AABACDC with a 4-bar introduction whereby the D strain has 12 bars and all the others have 16 bars. In this adaptation for recorder the treble has most of the melodies whilst the descant has, except for the exciting bits, a supporting role. The bass is invited to take up a few bars in the D strain and make a lightning alternation back to bass. If this does not work out then a little rearrangement amongst the tenors is necessary. The cover of the original sheet music shows six coloured gentlemen enthusiastically heaving on the pull chain of a carillon. Just the stuff for campanologists!
Rag-Time Chimes was published by Will Rossiter, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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