Checker Rag (1911)
Last updated: 04.08.18
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Composer: D. Goldsmith Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1435
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Length: approx. 4 mins.
The composer respectfully dedicated Checker Rag to his mother, Mrs. S. [Sarah] Goldsmith. The rag is a bright, cheerful and rich composition using no less than 5 distinctive themes. Its form is AABBACDDEE with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and CDE-strains are written in the keys of C and F respectively. The A-strain is a tootling affair the melody of which in this adaptation for recorder quintet is taken by the 1st tenor. The treble voice has the following B-strain before handing over to the 1st tenor. With the C-strain, honours are shared and the treble takes over the final D- and E-strains. The cover of the original sheet music is predictably graced with a checked black and white background immediately recognisable to checker (or draughts) players and motor sport fans alike.
Checker Rag was published by the The Colonial Music Co., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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