Length: approx. 2¼ mins.
Holly and Mistletoe is a rag that can certainly be well described as a syncopated and free-wheeling folk rag as are also the other Dobyns rags. Its form is ABCAD with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the A- and D-strains whereby the ABC- and D-strains are written in the major keys of F and Bb respectively. A jolly, seasonal piece whose melodies happily rove through the registers allowing each voice to have its say. The final bar calls for a top A and F from the treble and 1st tenor respectively - should this prove to difficult there is just time to alternate to a descant. Altogether a splendid composition and it should be included every recorder ragtime Christmas recital.
Holly and Mistletoe was published by Philip Werlein Ltd., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
"Holly and Mistletoe (1909)" has been recorded by:
Nora Hulse on "Cake Walks, Two Steps and Rags by Women Composers"