The Harlem Rag (1899)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: T.M. Turpin Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 477
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Length: approx. 3 ¼ mins.
Harlem Rag was the first published instrumental rag by an African American composer. This March & Cake Walk version, the second of a total of 4 known versions, was revised and arranged by W.H.Tyers and differs substantially from the first version (Harlem Rag (1897)). It appears that an attempt was made to cash in on the fame achieved with the original. Interestingly, the publishers retained much of the original cover. Even to use of the words "Two Step". It too however is a cheerful item which ensemble players and audiences alike will quite enjoy. Its form is fairly elaborate and cannot be considered "classic ragtime" a la Scott Joplin.
The Harlem Rag - March & Cake Walk was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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