Jag-Time Johnson's Rag-Time March (1901)
Last updated: 14.04.18
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Composer: F.L. Ryder Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 948
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Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
Jag-Time Johnson's Rag-Time March is clearly intended to be a fun piece. Whoever Jagtime Johnson was, it is evident that he enjoyed his liquor. The cover of the original sheet music shows a stopped jug decorated with obviously inebriated gentlemen in various poses. The music too, which has an ABBCCA form with an 8-bar introduction, suggests that a little tipple would not be a bad thing. Played slowly with marked accents , each repeat of the B- and C-strains is a jazzed-up version of the first iteration. The editor politely suggests that the performers of this recorder sextet first ply themselves with a wee drappie after their performance!
Jag-Time Johnson's Rag-Time March was published by McKinley Music Co., Chicago & New York, USA.
A tempo of 76 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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