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Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
As said on the front cover of the original sheet music, Red Head Rag was founded on the melodies of the famous song Redhead. The cover also shows the comedienne posing as a coy a redheaded little-girl in her stage apparel for performing that number. Interestingly the public performing rights were "Positively Restricted and Reserved Exclusively For Miss Irene Frankin". It is a smooth composition with some complex harmonies and has an ABBCCB form with a 4-bar introduction whereby the ABB- and CC-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively. As an adaptation for recorder sextet it is an all tenor/bass affair not without its difficulties. The chromatic descending passages of the B-strain especially are demanding and not for the faint-hearted. A great ensemble piece!
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.
Red Head Rag was published by Leo Feist, New York, USA.