Daisy Rag (1908)
Last updated: 19.03.18
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Composer: F.D. Heltman Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE0903
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
Daisy Rag, another Heltman "floral" rag, is a tidy composition having the quasi-sonata form of AABBACCA with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the final C- and A strains, whereby the ABBA- and CCA are written in the major keys of C- and F- respectively. In this adaptation for recorder sextet the melodies are shared by the treble and 1st tenor voices. The C-strain is a full-blooded romantic passage strongly contrasting the other themes.
The cover of the original sheet music has the same general layout of Heltman's other "floral" pieces, Sunflower Babe (1909) and Clover Blossom Rag (1910), and shows a smiling lady surrounded by yellow petals, yet another botanical improbability perhaps but just as tasteful nonetheless.

Daisy Rag was published by Sam Fox Pub. Co., Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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