The Barber Pole Rag (1911)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: C.L. Johnson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 235
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Length: approx. 5 mins.
The Barber Pole Rag warms the heart with folksy melodies balanced in the trio with a lyrical 32-bar strain which just begs to be sung to. Its form is AABBACCBB with a 4-bar introduction and a 12-bar interlude preceding each of the final B-strains. Here the ABBA- and CCBB-strains are written in the major keys of G and C respectively. In this adaptation for recorder quintet the 1st tenor has all the melodies from start to finish. The cover of the original sheet music shows a gay two-stepping pair, outside arms aloft almost in a cakewalk fashion, parading before barber poles. The elegant miss especially catches the eye with her roguish, wayward look and clad in a skimpy, deep cut cocktail dress. One could easily imagine her partner whispering or softly singing sweet nothings close up to her ears during the aforementioned lyrical C-strain. A point perhaps to be observed when interpreting this delightful rag!
The Barber Pole Rag was published by The Hal G. Nichols Co. Music Publisher, Denver, Colorado, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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