Swanee Rag (1912)
Two Step
Last updated: 17.02.23
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Composer: C.L. Johnson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 278
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Length: approx. 5¼ mins
Swanee Rag has some nice catchy folksy strains of course spiced with snatches of Stephen Collins Foster's famous "Old Folks at Home". The front cover of the original sheet music shows a cliché ridden Swanee scene which includes a gap-toothed banjo player sat on a packing case before a riverboat stern-wheeler alongside a quay where cotton bales await stowage onboard. Its form is AABBACCC with a 4-bar introduction and a 16-bar interlude preceding each of the final two C-strains whereby the AABBA- and CCCC- strains are in the major keys of C and F respectively. The melodies are brought out particularly well in this all tenor/bass affair and the 1st tenor has the honour of having them all from start to finish.
Swanee Rag was published by Sam Fox Pub. Co., Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
  Issue Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Not issued T/T/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 Swanee Rag (1912) C.L. Johnson (music) Piano Ragtime Piano wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Swanee Rag (1912) C.L. Johnson (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.