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Length: approx. 2 ¾ mins.
Originally entitled The Flying Machine Rag
by Glogau, the publisher preferred the more modern The Aeroplane
which was then published both for piano and orchestra. The rag itself is a happy affair having an AABBCCB form with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude (presumed to imitate the motor) between the CC and B strains. The orchestra version has an extra A strain after the BB strains. The cover of the original sheet music depicts a happy couple centred against a huge moon seated in a fairly accurately drawn Santos-Dumont Demoiselle (Dragonfly) gazing down on a darkened night-time metropolis. The diminutive Demoiselle built in 1909 made aviation history in being the world's first true sports plane.
was published by Will Rossiter
, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.