The Rag Time Dance (1899)
Last updated: 14.04.18
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Composer: H. von Tilzer Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1080
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Length: approx. 1¾ mins as scored but 3½ mins if repeated.
An early work, The Rag Time Dance was adapted and arranged by Chas. Jerome Wilson from Harry Von Tilzer's coon song When You Do De Rag Time Dance published in the same year. It is a lively composition in ABACA form with a 4-bar introduction written in C-major. The A-strain is glottal to say the least whilst the ensuing B-strain although still ragged is somewhat smoother. In this adaptation for recorder sextet the melody is taken over by the 1st tenor while the treble voice sits the strain out. The cover of the original sheet music For those who enjoy close harmony then the treble and 1st tenor will particularly enjoy this dance.
The Rag Time Dance was published by E. T. Paull Music Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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