Ring-Tum Diddie (1912)
A Boston Rag
Last updated: 17.02.23
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Composer: F.D. Heltman Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 905
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Ring-Tum Diddie, a culinary rag, celebrates the same-named dish so beloved in the Great American Outdoors for which there are a plethora of recipes. The composer has not only given us this splendid Boston Rag but also his own particular recipe which reads as follows:
"Grate the inside of one onion, fry in butter. Add one cup tomatoes, one teaspoon Worcester sauce and one-half-pound of cheese that has been melted. To this add two beaten eggs and a pinch of salt. Serve on wafers which have been heated."
The cover of the original sheet music shows this concoction being stoked-up in an elaborate fondue bowl by a team of diminutive devils.
The rag itself has an AABBACCC form with a 4-bar introduction and an 8-bar interlude between the final C- strains, whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of G- and C respectively. In this adaptation for recorder sextet the melodies are shared by the treble and 1st tenor voices. A rag of grated taste!
Ring-Tum Diddie was published by Popular Music Publishers, Fred Heltman Co., Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
  Issue Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Not issued A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Midi James Pitt-Payne