Mashed Potatoes (1911)
Last updated: 03.04.18
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Composer: C.L. Woolsey Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Octets  D/A/T/T+D/T+B/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 646
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
Mashed Potatoes is considered by Trebor Jay Tichenor in his Recorded Ragtime, 1897-1958 to be one of the finest idiomatic Midwestern rags ever done, the other being Medic Rag (1910). Splendid mouth-watering stuff indeed and as an adaptation for recorder octet leaves nothing out. It is as ragged as it gets, black with chords, glissandi for both melody and rhythm sections and as a special treat for those that like instrument alternations, three voices are involved. Its form is AABCDDD with a 12-bar interlude between the final D-strains. The cover of the original sheet music shows three giggling toddlers sat on a sofa against a plaid background. What this has to do with the music is a mystery - no matter, superlatives abound here!
Mashed Potatoes was published by C.L. Woolsey Music Co., Braymer, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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