The Cactus Rag (1916)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: L.P. Gibson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet D/A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 679
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Length: approx. 4 mins.
The Cactus Rag is a full-blooded ragged rag, the very stuff that delights and warms cockles of ragtimer hearts. Its form is AABBACC with a 4-bar interlude between the A- and C-strains. The A- and B- strains are each of 24 bars written in the key of Eb-major whilst the C-strains are of 16 bars and written in Ab-major. As a transcription for recorder this really quite a difficult piece, prickly one could say but immensely rewarding. The melodies are shared by the descant and treble voices and there are many sustained passages of broken chords whereby the sixteenths demand the most exquisite tonguing by the melody voices. The basses are not forgotten and have their walking passages to contend with. All voices are called on at various times to use the topmost notes of their instruments. It is really a great ensemble piece.
The Cactus Rag was published by Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
|"The Cactus Rag (1916)" has been recorded by :
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