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Length: approx. 2 ¾ mins.
In his Ragtime Rediscoveries
, Trebor Jay Tichenor says of Ink Splotch Rag
, that its tune demonstrates how offbeat, in a dual sense of the word, a Midwestern rag could be. It is certainly different from most rags in that the top end of the keyboard is heavily utilised - no 8va al lib
here! A fact reflected in this recorder adaptation whereby no less than two descants and a sopranino come into play and at the top end of their range too. In bar 48, the score demands a lightning alternation from sopranino to bass. This is not the making of inhuman demands but a device to show these important bass notes which have to be played by somebody. One possible solution is that either the 1st or 3rd tenor plays the sopranino notes in bar 48 (on either descant or sopranino) whilst the sopranino makes a brief pause and then plays the base notes as shown in bar 49. All-in-all a fun piece, a genuine recorder octet whereby the upper registers are put through their paces.
Ink Splotch Rag
was published by A Hospe Co.
, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
A tempo of 140 crotchets/min. is suggested.