The Diablo Rag (1908)
A Rag Fantasie Two Step
Last updated: 11.04.22
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Composer: D.I. Wahl Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet D/A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 794
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Actually The Diablo Rag is a two-part story as perhaps is told by the two top-hatted Diablo playing gentleman shown on the cover of the original sheet music and is manifestly made clear in this adaptation for recorder septet. They seem to be taking turns in demonstrating their skills. Its form is AABBCCC written in Eb-major with a 2-bar introduction and a 16-bar interlude before the final C-strain. The first part, the AABB-strains is a dramatic, heavily chorded septet and is contrasted by the CCC-strains of the second part, a quintet characterised by a wonderful free-flowing, beautiful tenor solo. In the second part the non-playing descant and treble voices might join in by taking either basses or tenors to share the melodies. Alternatively the may retain their instruments and help out in the chords given in bar 58. A fantastic composition!
The Diablo Rag was published by Victor Kremer Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. crotchets/min. is suggested.

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