Holly and Mistletoe (1909)
Rag Two Step
Last updated: 26.01.21
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Composer: G. Dobyns Suppliers: dbe15.gif 
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 981
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Length: approx. 2¼ mins.
Holly and Mistletoe is a rag that can certainly be well described as a syncopated and free-wheeling folk rag as are also the other Dobyns rags. Its form is ABCAD with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the A- and D-strains whereby the ABC- and D-strains are written in the major keys of F and Bb respectively. A jolly, seasonal piece whose melodies happily rove through the registers allowing each voice to have its say. The final bar calls for a top A and F from the treble and 1st tenor respectively - should this prove to difficult there is just time to alternate to a descant. Altogether a splendid composition and it should be included every recorder ragtime Christmas recital.
Holly and Mistletoe was published by Philip Werlein Ltd., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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