The Full Moon (1909)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: R.J. Carew Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 969
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
The Full Moon is a full-bloodied rag with an interesting publication history. In 1909, Carew submitted two of his compositions for publication, this piece which he titled Algiers 80 (this being the telephone number of one of his girlfriends who lived in the same-named town in Louisiana) and Water Lily Rag. The publisher however accepted only Algiers 80 which he promptly renamed The Full Moon. A local concert band was engaged to promote the rag during the summer concert season. In the corresponding orchestral arrangement, a two-octave chromatic run in the C-strain was split between the trombones and the melody voices - a device that is also used in this adaptation for recorder sextet. Its form is AABCCB with a 4-bar introduction and written entirely in C. All-in-all a melodious and an enchanting piece which deserves wider recognition.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
The Full Moon was published by The Puderer Publishing Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA