The White Seal Rag (1907)
Last updated: 26.01.21
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Composer: K.M. Hamel Suppliers: dbe15.gif 
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 900
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
The White Seal Rag celebrates not an Arctic seagoing mammal as one might have guessed from the title, but bubbly of the finest, none less than Moët & Chandon (est. 1743) of Epernay, France, here the white seal is the brand exported to America.
The rag itself has the form of ABBCCB with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AA-, BB- and CCB-strains are written in the major keys of F, Bb and Eb respectively. It is indeed a bubbly affair with an effervescent A-strain, an almost strident and exciting B-strain and lyrical C-strain. In this adaptation for recorder sextet the treble in particular will enjoy having the limelight from start to finish. The basses too have their say but should hold back a little in the C-strain. Just the piece for New Year celebrations!
White Seal Rag was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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