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Length: approx. 3½ mins. Sounds best with the bass doubled.
is considered by Trebor Jay Tichenor
in his Recorded Ragtime, 1897-1958
to be one of the finest idiomatic Midwestern rags ever done, the other being Mashed Potatoes (1911)
. It is in AABBCCCB form with a 4-bar introduction and a 10-bar interlude between the final C-strains written in the recorder players' favourite major keys of Ab and Db. The cover of the original sheet music shows two medical students merrily puffing away sat comfortably in armchairs oblivious to a monstrous skull in the background. An amazing feat of prophecy by the young composer-to-become-doctor in keeping with his profession and completely politically correct in this 21st century. It would well grace a cigarette packet!
was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co.
, New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.