Haytian Rag (1910)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: F.T. Dabney Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 702
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
Haytian Rag celebrates of course that country where Dabney spent some three years there as official court musician at the behest of President Noro Alexis. The rag itself is a charming composition in the sonata form of AABBCCA with a jangly 8-bar introduction, a 4-bar interlude separating the CCA-strains and an 8-bar coda. The whole is written in Ab-major. It is characterised by rising and descending passages that range through all the voices further enhanced by some nice echo effects and bass counter melodies. It cannot be left out of any programme of Dabney rags.
Haytian Rag was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.