Jinx Rag (1911)
Last updated: 19.03.18
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Composer: L.P. Gibson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 680
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
Jinx Rag was dedicated to the famous cartoonist Jean Knoll, the jinx, that harbinger of bad-luck., being shown on the cover of the original sheet music as a skinny, smiling, excited, top-hatted little man in black jumping up and down. The rag itself is in a quasi-sonata form of AABBACCA with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the A- and CC-strains. The piece is scored at the opening bar with "Not fast - Don't fake." Sound advice but perhaps not needed by recorder players because this is quite a demanding work - the melody voices must be absolutely precise to correctly intone the sixteenth chord whilst the basses are kept hard at work with long counter melodies. Not for the faint-hearted!
Jinx Rag was published by Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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