The Sheath (1908)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: W.E. Weigel Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet D/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 551
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Proclaimed on the cover of the original sheet music as a "Paris Creation" and the "Latest Ragtime Novelty", The Sheath is a fine, polished rag in AABBCDDBBC form with an 8-bar introduction and bar lengths for the A-, B-, C- and D-strains of 20, 8 16 and 16 respectively. As "ragged" as one could desire, chord themes, dialogues between the voices, excursions into the upper registers, walking bass passages - this piece has everything, a real ensemble piece. Precise tonguing is an absolute must to achieve a crisp effect.
The title celebrates of course the close-fitting ladies attire which has gone in and out of fashion down the ages.
The Sheath was published by John Arnold Pub. Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 76 crotchets/min. is suggested.