Tobasco (1909)
Rag-Time Waltz
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Composer: C.L. Johnson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 282
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Length: approx. 4½ mins.
Whilst spicy enough, this happy ragtime waltz Tobasco may well have been inspired by but is not directly connected with the still famous propriety brand of fiery sauce concocted from the ferocious capsicum frutescens (genus tobasco) plant which itself takes its name from the state of Tobasco in Mexico. This is borne out by the elegant ballroom scene of genteelly attired beautiful waltzing Negroes shown on the cover of the original sheet music, a pleasant contrast to the hideous caricatures then prevalent for some cakewalk music. It is another "food" title well fitting to the composer of Dill Pickles (1906). It has a quasi-sonata form of AABACA whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively. As a bass player the C-strain is a particular joy with its very ragged "waltzing" passages and pretty dialogue with the other voices.
Tobasco was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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  Composer Performer Instruments
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     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
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