Rag-Alley Dream (1902)
Last updated: 19.03.18
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Composer: M.H. Burgess Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T+D/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 765
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
Rag-Alley Dream celebrates the impromptu neighbourhood cakewalks so popular in the dawning ragtime era. The cover of the original sheet music shows a black-faced top-hatted vaudeville performer captioned Robt. Burgess, perhaps a relative of the composer. The rag itself has an expected folksy character and its form is AABBACCC with a 4-bar introduction and an 8-bar interlude before the final C-strain. They keys used are Eb-major and Ab-major. In this transcription for recorder sextet, the 2nd tenor has the unusual privilege of alternating to descant to take the melody in the B-strain.
Rag-Alley Dream was published by Will Rossiter, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 86 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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