Moonshine Rag (1916)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: H. Hudson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 341
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Length: approx. 3 mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
According to Trebor Jay Tichenor in his That American Rag: The Story of Ragtime from Coast to Coast, Moonshine Rag probably celebrates the Moonshine Gardens, a St. Louis club where Arthur Marshall, the great ragtime composer/pianist and friend of Scott Joplin, performed towards the end of his career. This is certainly in accord with the front cover of the original sheet music which depicts a young elegant dancing couple against the backdrop of an enormous moon.
In this composition, the bass players will particularly enjoy the so-called "walking-bass" figure, a popular ragtime feature from the earliest days. The requirement for the 2nd tenor to alternate to bass for just four notes in bars 17-18 is probably a bit over the top; not too much harm is done if this is simply left out.
Moonshine Rag was published by the Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.