The Barber Pole Rag (1911)
Two Step
Last updated: 17.02.23
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Composer: C.L. Johnson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 235
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Length: approx. 5 mins.
The Barber Pole Rag warms the heart with folksy melodies balanced in the trio with a lyrical 32-bar strain which just begs to be sung to. Its form is AABBACCBB with a 4-bar introduction and a 12-bar interlude preceding each of the final B-strains. Here the ABBA- and CCBB-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet the 1st tenor has all the melodies from start to finish. The cover of the original sheet music shows a gay two-stepping pair, outside arms aloft almost in a cakewalk fashion, parading before barber poles. The elegant miss especially catches the eye with her roguish, wayward look and clad in a skimpy, deep cut cocktail dress. One could easily imagine her partner whispering or softly singing sweet nothings close up to her ears during the aforementioned lyrical C-strain. A point perhaps to be observed when interpreting this delightful rag!
The Barber Pole Rag was published by The Hal G. Nichols Co. Music Publisher, Denver, Colorado, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
  Issue Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Not issued T/T/B+T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Midi J. Cowles
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif Miguel Pineda-Van Gelder A Ragtime Feast: Forgotten Rags No. 3: Charles L. Johnson CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Barber Pole Rag (1911), The C.L. Johnson (music) Piano Ragtime Piano wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Barber Pole Rag (1911), The C.L. Johnson (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.