The Missouri Rag (1900)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: M. Fitzgerald Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 753
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Length: approx. 5½ mins. Sounds best with the1st tenor and bass doubled.
The Missouri Rag is a splendid rag, scored "Can be effectively used as a Polka or Cake Walk", and was written for piano or organ. Not many opportunities were left out here! The rag is as ragged as it gets and delights with its stops and folksy strains. Its form is AABBAADDAB with a 7-bar introduction whereby the ABC- and D-strains are written in the major keys of F and Bb respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet, the treble player has the limelight having all the main melodies and has the added honour of being introduced by the tenors and basses. Great stuff indeed and one wishes that Ms FitzGerald had found opportunity to compose more!
The Missouri Rag was published by A.W. Perry & Sons' Music Co., Sedalia, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.