The Two-Key Rag (1916)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: J. Hollander Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1002
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
The two keys in question are shown on the cover of the original sheet music to be Ab-major and G-major. Both keys are shown as smiling door keys dancing together each against a background coloured corresponding to the black and white keys of a keyboard. So, here, keys abound aplenty as they do in the composition itself nominally employing the major keys of G, Eb and C. Its form is AABBACC a 4-bar introduction, which doubles as a coda and an 8-bar interlude between the C-strains. As ragged as it gets, The Two-Key Rag is characterised by the combination of triplets with dotted eighths. A delightful and demanding piece it was recorded in its day by the then prominent Patrick Conway Band.
In this adaptation for recorder quintet, the treble and 1st tenor will enjoy their solos and playing passages together in thirds, especially in the B-strain. The basses too have nothing to complain about - all-in-all it is a great ensemble piece.
The Two-Key Rag was published by H. Lesser & Bro., New York, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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