Missouri Mule (1904)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: C. Blake Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 365
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Length: approx. 4 ½ mins. Sounds best if 2nd tenor is doubled.
Missouri Mule is a straightforward jaunty and jolly march its form being AABBACDD with an 8-bar introduction of patriotic strains. Whatever the title and its intriguing subtitle originally represented is lost to ragtime history but may have something to do with election campaigning (pure conjecture!). The mule shown on the cover of the original sheet music has its hind legs firmly bound to its neck presumably to reflect the subtitle and the unfortunate beast's harmlessness. The B section seems to mimic braying and may certainly be interpreted as such - a real happy fun piece!
Missouri Mule was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min is suggested.