Everybody's Rag (1909)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: D. Goldsmith/Sharp  (1882-) Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet A/A(T)/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1436
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Judging from the cover of the original sheet music which shows a multitudinous crowd, Everybody's Rag seems to have been addressed to simply everyone. Whatever, it is a roaring two-fisted affair which in this adaptation for recorder septets becomes a demanding ensemble piece. Its form is AABBACCDD with an 8-bar introduction whereby the AB- and CD-strains are written in the keys of C and F respectively. The A-strain melody of is taken by the 1st tenor. Interestingly, the following B-strain is handed to the basses where here the melody voice blow dotted chords. The tenors largely sit out the CD-strain, honours going to the trebles. Throughout, the dotted chord passages have to be meticulously tongued to obtain a crisp effect. All-in-all, a splendid ensemble piece and very rewarding to master!
Everybody's Rag was published by The Robert D. Sharp Music Company, Denver, Colorado, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
This adaptation for recorder septet is respectfully dedicated to the composer's grandson Dennis Goldsmith of Indianapolis, Indiana, his parents, Joseph and Sarah Goldsmith, his wife, Jennie Goldsmith, his two sons, William and Norman Goldsmith and his grandchildren, Robert, Deborah, Dennis, Don, and Barry Goldsmith and his Great Granddaughter, Dena Goldsmith.