Les Copeland's 38th Street Rag (1913)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: L.C. Copeland Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 718
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Length: approx. 1¾ mins.
Les Copeland's 38th Street Rag, brief though it is, has all the hallmarks of a fine rag. It has an AABBACC form, the A and B sections are 8-bar strains whilst the C has 16 bars. The rag gets straight down to business dispensing both with introduction and intermediary passages. There are grace notes aplenty for the 1st tenor in the A-strain whereby the main burden of the melody is carried interestingly by the rhythm section. By contrast matters are reversed in the B-strain as one might expect and syncopation reigns here for all voices. The C-strain makes use of all voices with thumping chords to round off the affair. A little sparkling gem of a rag!
Les Copeland's 38th Street Rag was published by Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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