Mutilation Rag (1915)
Last updated: 28.01.22
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Composer: Z. Randale Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet D/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1007
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
Mutilation Rag is an extraordinary composition by the then 15-year old Zema and is one of the editor's all-time favourites. Its form is ABACA whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively. The mutilation is that of the A-strain which is based on Rachmaninoff's Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2. The composer was no doubt inspired by Felix Arndt's Desecration (1914) - A Rag Humoresque (a combination of well known melodies from classic composers) which she cut on Imperial 52035 in 1914.
The front cover of the original sheet music shows an elegant ballroom scene whilst the back cover states that Mutilation Rag was one of Chicago's most popular dance hits and was cut for player- pianos by the composer under Imperial Player Roll 53154.
Mutilation Rag was published by The Cable Company, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 70 crotchets/min. is mandated.

  Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample 
audiodbemp315.gif D/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s) 
audiomidi15.gif Midi James Pitt-Payne
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif Nora Hulse 24 Piano Rags by Women flag15us.gif
     Title Performer
youtube15.jpg Mutilation Rag (2:40) Ragtime Dorian Henry