Collars and Cuffs (1907)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: C.H. St. John Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1292
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Collars and Cuffs alludes to those detachable accoutrements which when removed from a starched shirt imply that the wearer is about to get down to business whether he is about to engage in a bout of fisticuffs or give a piano a bit of a pounding. This is a great rag and worthy companion to Cole Smoak (1906) written a year previously. Its form is a classic AABBACCDD with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and CD-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively. In this adaptation for recorder there is much too admire. The treble voice has the melodies from start to finish whilst the other voices, too are fully engaged. The final note requires some judicious over-blowing which if too difficult can be played an octave lower without detriment. More great stuff!
Collars and Cuffs was published by Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.