The Ragtime "Betty" (1909)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: J.S. Scott Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/B(GB)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 125
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
The imaginative cover of the original sheet music of Ragtime "Betty" is the work Clair Victor Dwiggins who also did the jolly cover of Scott's Ophelia Rag (1910). A very well-shaped young miss with huge hair-do is shown sitting daintily on a treble stave for a seat and using a mushroom as a footstool singing her head off from a giant sheet of music in an exemplary posture that music teachers everywhere delight in. Over her shoulders, she is joined by a heavenly chorus comprising the moon and stars with admirably wide opened mouths.
The rag itself is a bright, cheerful, somewhat complex composition in AABBACCDD form with plenty of dialogue between the voices and some nice bass runs. In this recorder adaptation, the descant has much bar-counting to do but is rewarded in the final D-strain with some soaring passages.
Ragtime "Betty" was published by Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a quartet version of this item.
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