Ragtime Showers (1902)
March and Two-Step
Last updated: 01.03.21
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Composer: K.A. Morton Suppliers: dbe15.gifpdfunav15.gif 
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quartet A/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 991
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Length: approx. 2 mins. Sounds best with the tenor doubled.
Ragtime Showers was published as a musical supplement to the New York Sunday Press on Sunday, May 11th, 1902. It is quirky composition in AABA form with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between AA- and B-strains whereby the A- and B-strains are written in G-major and C-major respectively. This adaptation for recorder quartet is not that easy in the first two bars of the A-strain where the lower and upper voices are staggered whilst the basses will just love the B-strain which fairly thumps along. With a little imagination this piece may be interpreted as being descriptive of rainfall in its various vicissitudes. The cover of the original sheet music shows a forlorn piccaninny being drenched by raining stair-rods emphasising the point.
Ragtime Showers was published by Richard A. Saalfield, New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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