Latonia Rag (1908)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: L. Donaldson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet D/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 339
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Length: approx. 3½ mins. Sounds best with the 2nd tenor doubled.
Latonia Rag is a fine polished "raggy" rag with chirpy melodies. Its form is AABBCCDD with an 8-bar passage used both as an introduction as an interlude between the BB and CC strains. Careful articulation and co-ordination between the descant and 1st tenor voices is vital to bring out the close harmonies in this adaptation for recorder quintet. Judging from the cover of the original sheet music the rag has something to do with horse racing. A dancing stable lad is shown performing for an interested equine beast gazing out its lodgings and in an inset, a young lady with a fluttering handkerchief is seen to be encouraging horses a-racing in the distance. The cover itself is well known and has achieved wide circulation as a poster. The composer would be gratified!
Latonia Rag was published by American Music Syndicate, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.