The Black Hand Rag (1910)
Last updated: 11.10.21
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Composer: G.A. Norton Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1049
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
Norton dedicated The Black Hand Rag to "The Rag-time King", Mike Bernard and fittingly, this rag is as ragged as it gets. The cover of the original sheet music appropriately shows black hands hovering over the black keys as befits a composition written in Bb- and Eb-major. Its form is AABBCCA with a 4-bar introduction which doubles as an interlude between the CC- and A-strains. Great bass players will particularly enjoy this adaptation for recorder sextet, their voice having much to say throughout. In fact virtuosity with impeccable tonguing is demanded of all voices, well-worth mastering and a great ensemble piece. A perfect encore!
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
The Black Hand Rag was published by Hal G. Nichols Co. Music Publisher, Denver, Colorado, USA.