The Fanatic Rag (1911)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: H.A. Tierney Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 513
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
The Fanatic Rag is in this adaptation for recorder ensemble, a tour de force for the 1st tenor whereby it might be advantageous, dare it be said, to be a recorder fanatic to stay the course. The piece is cheerful enough and its character is somewhat at odds with the grumpy old umbrella wielding fanatic shown on the cover of the original sheet music. Its form is AABBACC with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the C strains. The A strain has a surprising, at least on first playing, 18-bar length, the others have the more expected 16 bars and the whole is set in the recorder friendly key of C-major. The final C strain is scored in the original as 8 va ad lib. Here it has been the editor's whim to score the final C strain a mandatory octave higher thereby allowing the 1st tenor to explore the fullest range of his or her chosen instrument. Should this prove too difficult, the option is given to alternate to treble.
The Fanatic Rag was published by Ted Snyder Music Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.