Sunflower Tickle (1908)
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A(T)/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 211
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Length: approx. 3½ mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor doubled.
Sunflower Tickle was published as part of a series of five "Favorite Ragtime Pieces" which includes three other Wenrich rags Memphis Rag (1908), Ragtime Ripples (1908) and Dixie Kicks (1908) which probably explains the use of a pseudonym, a much used device in the ragtime era to camouflage prolificness. And why Dolly Richmond? No doubt another act of homage to and some connection associated with his newly married young and beautiful wife Dolly Connolly. As to the rag itself, it is a straightforward no nonsense piece in AABBCCDD form with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the C- and C strains whereby the AB- and CD- strains are in the major keys of F and Bb respectively. Those who enjoyed the other named pieces in this series will certainly enjoy Sunflower Tickle
Sunflower Tickle was published by McKinley Music Co., Chicago & New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.