Mop Rag (1909)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: H.S. Eaton Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 775
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
Mop Rag is an easy-going slow drag. It has the form of ABBACCDA with a 4-bar introduction which doubles as an interlude between the D- and A-strains whereby the AB- and CD-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively. The cover of the original sheet music is dominated by an elaborately expensive mop and wooden bucket itself enhanced with a hand mangle to squeeze out whatever the mop mopped up. The four "folksy" strains contrast nicely and in this adaptation for recorder the basses in particular will enjoy the B- and D-strains where they not only have walking passages but also take the melodic line. A great ensemble piece.
Mop Rag was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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