A Cyclone in Darktown (1910)
Just Rags
Last updated: 28.01.22
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Composer: G.D. Barnard Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 713
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
A Cyclone in Darktown is a splendid rag in the "classic" form of AABBCCDD with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and CD-strains are written in Bb- and Eb-major respectively. Trebor Jay Tichenor in his Ragtime Rediscoveries describes this piece as that the subtitle of Just Rags is an understatement and that the tune is one of the most ambitious adventures in ragtime combining both bass and treble syncopations in a rousing descriptive march format. Well, the strains are really exciting and are quite a challenge for any recorder quintet brave enough to take it on. The cover of the original sheet music shows as the personification of a cyclone, an amok running wide-eyed Negro wielding a razor aloft and clutching a presumably stolen water melon. Not perhaps quite politically correct in these enlightened days but reflects the attitudes even among the black population of that period.
A Cyclone in Darktown was published by Carl Fischer Music Publisher, New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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