The Madagascar Mangle (1912)
A Rag Two-Step
Last updated: 17.11.19
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Composer: V. Freedley Suppliers: dbe15.gif 
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 772
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Length: approx. 2¾ mins. Sounds best with the bass doubled.
The Madagascar Mangle is a fine tootling rag which in this adaptation for recorder quintet allows the lead voices to demonstrate their virtuosity with the contrasting melodies. It has the form of ABBCCA with an 8-bar interlude between CC- and A-strains and is written in the recorder beginners favourite key of C-major. The cover of the original sheet music in tasteful dark pastel colours shows a line of presumably Malagasy spear-waving inhabitants prancing before an enormous tropical moon no doubt either in celebrating or preparation for a spot of mangling - whether their washing or fellow human beings is left to the interpreter!
The Madagascar Mangle was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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