Polar Bear Rag (1910)
Last updated: 28.08.18
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Composer: G.P. Howard Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet A/T/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 912
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Published in sunny California, there is nothing frosty about Polar Bear Rag. It is a full-blooded barnstorming humdinger of a rag. Its form is somewhat complex but basically AABBACCDDDD with a 4-bar introduction whereby we progress through a variety of keys. The A-, B-, C- and D-strains are in the major keys of G, A, C and C respectively whereby the D-strains are progressively flatted culminating in the final D-strain which is in the recorder player's favourite key of Db. As a transcription for recorder, fiendishly difficult but immensely rewarding.
Polar Bear Rag was published by Wilson Music Pub. Co., San Francisco, California, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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