Calico Rag (1914)
Last updated: 28.01.22
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Composer: N. Johnson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 653
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins.
Calico Rag is an enchanting, original rag of exquisite delicacy with some lovely tinkling touches which demand much precise co-ordinated tonguing by the melody voices in this transcription for recorder sextet. For my taste, this is the finest of Nat Johnson's rags. It has the sonata form of AABAACCAA with a 4-bar introduction. The cover of the original sheet music is a clever red, white and blue illustration of a pretty Miss with a basket of apples wearing appropriately a polka-dotted blue calico pinafore and cap against a background of the same material such that she is almost invisible except for her face, arms and basket.
Calico Rag was published by F.J.A. Forster Music Publisher, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 78 crotchets/min. is suggested.
  Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample 
audiodbemp315.gif D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s) 
audiomidi15.gif Midi James Pitt-Payne
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards A Ragtime Sampler
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youtube15.jpg Calico Rag (3:09) Ragtime Dorian Henry