Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
Razzle Dazzle was a popular title in the ragtime era. Other pieces of the same name include Razzle Dazzle (1909), a rag two-step by Nellie W. Stokes and Razzle-Dazzle (1919), a one step by Julius Lenzberg. This particular Razzle Dazzle dazzles with its contrasting melodies making one wonder which of the co-authors was mainly responsible for which strain. Its form is AABCCA with a 5-bar introduction and a 6-bar interlude before the final A-strain whereby the AAB- and CCA-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. The A- and B-strains are lively and ornamented by ragged solo passages. The C-strain is somewhat sombre allowing the tenors and basses to rule the roost and should be taken slower. Unusual in this series of recorder adaptations, in fact unique at the time of publishing, is that the lead voice has solos both on descant and tenor. Just the ticket for those who enjoy instrument alternation!
Razzle Dazzle was published by A.W. Perry & Sons' Music Co., Sedalia, Missouri, USA
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. crotchets/min. is suggested.
"Razzle Dazzle (1905)" has been recorded by:
Nora Hulse on "Cake Walks, Two Steps and Rags by Women Composers"