Frog Legs Rag (1906)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: J.S. Scott Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Trio D/T/B
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 107C
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins. Sounds best if 1st tenor doubled.
Frog Legs Rag was Scott's first published piece, a delightful affair in a "classic" AABBACCDD form in the major flatted keys of A and D. The rag is very workmanlike getting straight down to brass tacks without any frills in the form of an introduction. After a bright opening with virtuosic runs for the descant the composition settles down to the B strain somewhat reminiscent of Scott Joplin's famous Maple Leaf Rag (1899). The ACC strains are interspersed with a 4-bar passage leading into the quieter C strain which the tenor will especially enjoy whereby he or she has all the running. The D strain rounds the whole thing off with a pleasing dialogue between the descant and tenor voices. The cover of the original sheet music depicts two four-fingered flipper-holding frolicsome frogs out-staring each other whilst squatting on a lily pad against the background of an enormous sunrise (or sunset -take your pick) amongst bull-rushes in a tropical swamp.
Frog Legs Rag was published by Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a quintet version of this item.