The Richmond Rag (1908)
Last updated: 17.02.23
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Composer: M. Aufderheide Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet A/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 086
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
The Richmond Rag celebrates Richmond, Indiana where May Aufderheide's moved to shortly after her marriage. It was also her first composition to be published by her father who described it on the back cover of the vocal version of A Totally Different Rag (1910) as a sparkling, easy rag two-step. This editor is the last person who would gainsay the sparkle but the easiness, especially when referring to this transcription for recorder septet, is quite a different question. Its form is AABCCB with a 4-bar introduction whereby the A-, B and C-strains are written in the major keys of C, F and Bb respectively. The 1st bass might consider alternating to tenor when playing the B-strain in order to deal with the high F's and G's. All-in-all this is a gem of a piece, absolutely enchanting to play and immensely enjoyable.
The Richmond Rag was published by J.H. Aufderheide & Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
  Issue Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Not issued A/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif Chrysanthemum Ragtime Band Preserves flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Virginia Eskin Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Women in Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Richmond Rag (1908), The M. Aufderheide (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif