|Publisher:||Ditty Box Enterprises||Publication:||DBE 089|
Length: approx. 3¾ mins. Sounds best with the bass doubled.
The Aviator Rag is fine, bubbling piece well in keeping with the title, especially in the 3rd section where the "aviator" makes a gentle climb from the bass voice through to the descant. The original sheet music cover displays three historic aircraft in a very unlikely formation flight, the drawings are more (much more) artistic than technical, but an aviation buff can still identify them. The depicted aircraft are, from top to bottom: a Curtiss Pusher (type not recognisable), a Bleriot XI and a Santos-Dumont Demoiselle (Dragonfly).
The Curtiss became a stalwart in the fledgling US Air Force, the 24-hp Blériot made the historic first English Channel crossing from Baraques to Dover in 1909 whilst the diminutive Demoiselle made aviation history in being the world's first true sports plane also in 1909.
The Aviator Rag was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
This recorder adaptation is respectfully dedicated to Ursula Frankhof, aviator and songstress, Sünching near Regensburg, Germany.