The Mississippi Rag (1897)
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Length: approx. 4¾ mins.
's cover of the original sheet music boldly states that it is the first rag-time two step ever written and played by Krell's Orchestra, Chicago. The cover illustrates an all-generation group prancing to a banjo player before onlookers perched on a pile of cotton bales set before a Mississippi scene. Clearly the composer/publisher had something new in mind but as the pundits correctly point out, it is actually a cakewalk. This is borne out its ten sections and patrol form whereby it starts very quietly, ppp
, in the distance, advances becoming increasingly louder to fff
before finally retreating into the distance once again, ppp
. Its orchestral/band nature is also shown in the forte sections which require fistfuls of notes. Mississippi Rag
is much performed and recorded right up to the present and why not? It is really quite entertaining!
For recorder ensembles that like to alternate, this piece is really great. The treble and 2nd tenor alternate to bass whilst the 1st bass alternates to tenor further reflecting this "rag's" orchestral character.
was published by S. Brainard's Sons Co.
, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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