Majestic Rag (1914)
Last updated: 17.02.23
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Composer: B. Rawls Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet A/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 231
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Majestic Rag, co-authored by Royal Neel, is described by Trebor Jay Tichenor in his Recorded Ragtime, 1897-1958 as being influenced by a Texan blues style and a down-home barrelhouse rag with walking bass, breaks and phrasing typical of the piano playing of the Southwest.
Its form is AABCDDAE with a 4-bar introduction. The B and C strains are of 18-bars and the remainder of the more standard 16-bars. As can be seen on the cover of the original sheet music, this piece was dedicated to one Scott Birdsong. Whether that worthy was the trainer of an animal stage act comprising a pair of geese jockeyed by mice clad as bell-hops is pure conjecture.
Majestic Rag was published by The Bush & Gerts Piano Co., Dallas, Texas, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.
  Issue Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Not issued A/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Midi Warren S. Trachtman
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cd15.gif Alan Martin Everything is Ragtime Now flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Quatuor De Contrebasses De Bruxelles flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif