Length: approx. 2½ mins.
The Richmond Rag celebrates Richmond, Indiana where May Aufderheide's moved to shortly after her marriage. It was also her first composition to be published by her father who described it on the back cover of the vocal version of A Totally Different Rag (1910) as a sparkling, easy rag two-step. This editor is the last person who would gainsay the sparkle but the easiness, especially when referring to this transcription for recorder septet, is quite a different question. Its form is AABCCB with a 4-bar introduction whereby the A-, B and C-strains are written in the major keys of C, F and Bb respectively. The 1st bass might consider alternating to tenor when playing the B-strain in order to deal with the high F's and G's. All-in-all this is a gem of a piece, absolutely enchanting to play and immensely enjoyable.
The Richmond Rag was published by J.H. Aufderheide & Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
"The Richmond Rag (1908)" has been recorded by:
Virginia Eskin on "Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Women in Ragtime"
Chrysanthemum Ragtime Band on "Preserves"