Rag, Baby Mine (1913)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: G. Botsford Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 410
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Length: approx. 3 mins. Sounds best if the 2nd tenor is doubled.
Rag, Baby Mine shares the same form of ABBACCB with a 4-bar introduction which Botsford used in his The Boomerang Rag (1916) and others whereby here the ABBA- and CCB-strains were written in the major key of D and G respectively. The cover of the original sheet music shows an elegant society pair stepping away gazing fondly into each others eyes against a heart-shaped backdrop decorated with a floral arrangement that might possibly be of tulips.. As to the rag itself, it is a sonorous happy affair as ragged as it gets. This adaptation for recorder quintet is an absolute must for those ensembles that are blessed with or delight in bass recorders. It also somewhat unusual in that the basses predominate outnumbering the melody voices producing delightful harmonious effects.
Rag, Baby Mine was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.