New Era Rag (1919)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: J.S. Scott Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet S/D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 115
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
New Era Rag, an optimistically entitled composition proclaiming the end of the then believed war to end wars. It is of AABBACCB form; not an easy piece in this recorder adaptation with its exploration of the upper registers. Of note I especially enjoy the dialogue between the upper and medium voices in the A-strain and most particularly as a bass player, the lovely bass runs in the more jazzy sounding C-strain. The cover of the original sheet music depicts an elegant scene of dancers enjoying themselves at a tea (presumably) dance in a chandeliered palm court. The motto over the heads of the dancers of "Honi soit qui mal-y-pense" ("Evil to him that thinks evil") provides a classy effect even if a little out-of-place. Incidentally the publisher John Stark also used this cover for two further Scott pieces: Tango Tea and The Shimmie Shake.
New Era Rag was published by Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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