Lady Slippers (1910)
Last updated: 10.03.18
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Composer: C.L. Johnson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 259
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Length: approx. 4 mins.
Lady Slippers written under the pseudonym of Raymond Birch is illustrated by an elegant lady reclining in a beautiful morning gown in a wicker armchair. She is delicately sniffing flowers from a flower-box at her side with an accompanying note, no doubt from an admirer, in her hand. The lady's slippers are bright red contrasting strongly with the pastel colours used in the rest of the illustration. The cover gives a subtitle of "Two Step" whilst the 1st page of the score is subtitled simply "Rag" - both are correct of course! As to the bright, tinkling rag itself, its form is AABBACCAA with a 4-bar introduction and a 16-bar interlude between the CC- and AA-strains. The AABBA- and CCAA- strains are in the major keys of C and F respectively. The 1st tenor has all the melodies from start to finish and is on occasions tested at the upper range of his or her instrument - watch out for an overblown F concluding the final C-strain! All-in-all a pleasing composition -typical Johnson!
Lady Slippers was published by Harold Rossiter Music Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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