Shine or Polish Rag (1914)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: F.D. Heltman Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet T+D/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 907
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
Shine or Polish Rag was dedicated by Heltman "To his sincere friends Charles and George Musgrave. Toronto". It is a spirited and jovial rag in AABBACCA form with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of G- and C respectively. In this adaptation for recorder sextet the 1st tenor has the melodies until halfway through the second A-strain when he or she alternates to descant for the rest of the piece. The C-strain is especially jolly where the descant and 2nd tenor join forces for a rippling duet which demands exquisite tonguing. The final A-strain melody is played by the 2nd tenor. All-in-all a very attractive little composition.
The cover of the original sheet music shows an elegant and fashionable young lady having her high-heeled footwear attended to by a grinning bootlback.
Shine or Polish Rag was published by the Fred Heltman Co., Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.