Apple Sass Rag (1914)
Last updated: 28.01.22
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Composer: H. Belding Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A+S/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 670
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
Apple Sass Rag is a splendid "classic" rag in AABBCCDD form with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the B-and C-strains written in the major keys of G and C. The contrasting strains are a joy to perform - the editor especially admires the descending runs in the B-strain which are shared by the treble (here alternating to sopranino) and the 1st tenor and are set against the firm thumps from the rhythm section. On a culinary note in keeping with the title, apple sass is a North American sauce made from apples and is said to go well with fresh meat. The cover of the original sheet music is a pictorial pun showing a saucy (sassy or cheeky) lad sat in a huge treble clef eating some relish or other no doubt doused with the said apple sass whilst a spotted dog gazes on enviously. A great ensemble piece and worthy companion to Good Gravy Rag (1913)!
Apple Sass Rag was published by Buck & Lowney, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 78 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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