Egyptian Rag (1910)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 166
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Egyptian Rag is most certainly a homage to the composer's very beautiful and graceful wife, Dolly Connolly to whom (at least according to the cover of the original sheet music) this piece belongs and it is easy to imagine her performing to it in one way or another. Its form is, fitting for the Joplin Kid, almost "classic" i.e. AABBACCDD with an 8-bar introduction. Each strain has a different character and progresses from the subdued bass melody of the A-strain via an oriental C-strain to a final full-bore "raggy" D-strain where all voices in this adaptation for recorder quintet come to the fore. A delightful ensemble piece!
Egyptian Rag was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.