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Length: approx. 3 mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
Writing of Key-Stone
in his Ragtime Rediscoveries
, Trebor Jay Tichenor
says that the tune could celebrate either the popular Keystone silent films or a prominent local hotel in the Old Chestnut Valley district. He goes on to say that Keystone Rag is a miniature masterpiece, a composition from the twilight days of ragtime with echoes of the old school - a lyrical, wistful farewell to the days of the gracious, elegant rags. This is echoed by the cover of the original sheet music which shows a keystone which is more like a tombstone with tiny dancers gyrating around it - fox-trotting or tangoing - who knows?
was published by the Stark Music Co
, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 76 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a treble solo
version of this item.