Good-Bye Rag (1920)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: C.L. Colby Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 455
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
Good-Bye Rag, apparently a companion piece to Colby's Good-Bye Blues both written in the same year, is a heavily ornamented composition as ragged as it gets demanding precise and exquisite tonguing in this transcription for recorder ensemble to meet the composer's intention. It has a sonata form of AABBACCA with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the A- and CC-strains. There are many nice touches such as an imitation of a discordant locomotive whistle in the B-strain for example or the lovely "tootling" passages by the melody voices set against counter melodies by the basses in the A-strains. In face of the continued interest in ragtime some almost 90 years after this piece was composed, the title cannot be considered especially prophetic!
Good-Bye Rag was published by Harold Rossiter Music Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.