Melody Rag (1911)
Last updated: 17.02.23
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Composer: C.L. Johnson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 262
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
Melody Rag was written by Johnson using one of his many pseudonyms, Raymond Birch. He employed pseudonyms for two main reasons; one because he feared that a large number of works under one name would reflect on their quality and sameness, the other being that having sold his own publishing business to Harold Rossiter, he was restrained from re-entering publishing for one year.
This is an honest-to-goodness, straightforward rag in ABACA form. In keeping with the title, the strains run up and down the scales requiring tight co-ordination between the 1st and 2nd voices. All-in-all a fun piece, keeping all voices on their toes whilst not being impossibly demanding.
Melody Rag was published by Chas. L. Johnson Publishing Co., Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
This recorder adaptation is respectfully dedicated to Ursula Huhs, recorder player and teacher of Ritterhude, near Bremen, Germany.

  Issue Instruments Performer
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  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
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     Performer CD Title Supplier
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     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Melody Rag (1911) C.L. Johnson (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif