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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
Trebor Jay Tichenor
in his Ragtime Rediscoveries
suggests that Worlds Fair Rag
celebrated the then coming Panama-Pacific Exposition which was held in San Francisco in 1915. The rag itself is an enchanting affair in AABBCCBB form with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and C-strains are of 16 bars (Eb-major) and 12 bars (Ab-major) respectively. The bubbly A-strain is shared by the 1st tenor and treble voices and is characterised by upwelling triplets starting in the bass line. The treble takes the top line in the chords of the contrasting B- and C-strains set against a pleasing thump-thump from the basses. A piece of some difficulty due partly to the flatted keys and the sustained demands on maintaining harmony in the melody voices.
Worlds Fair Rag
was published by Harvey M. Babcock
, San Francisco, California, USA.
A tempo of 76 crotchets/min. is suggested.