Royal Flush (1911)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: G. Botsford Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 411
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
Royal Flush shares the same form of ABBACCB with a 4-bar introduction which Botsford used in his The Boomerang Rag (1916) and others whereby here the ABBA- and CCB-strains were written in the major key of G and C respectively. The cover of the original sheet music humorously shows a poker playing duo in medieval dress sat at a table opposite each other with, somewhat anachronistically, 20th century beer glasses and poker chips at hand. One player is looking victoriously towards an unseen viewer holding his perfect hand aloft for general admiration and approval. As to the rag itself, it is another all tenor/bass affair characterised by long solo runs for the 1st tenor. The 2nd tenor on the other hand has much bar-counting to do but is rewarded by some delightful sections of close-harmony. A splendid ensemble piece!
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
Royal Flush was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.

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