Jamestown Rag (1906)
Last updated: 28.08.18
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Composer: G. Lee Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 949
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Length: approx. 2½ mins. Sounds best with the bass doubled.
Jamestown Rag is a bright, patriotic march two-step no doubt celebrating that famous deserted township a little inland from Chesapeake Bay, Virginia where the English made their first successful settlement in what later was to become the United States of America. This is borne out by both by patriotic front cover of the original sheet music and the march itself which is embellished with snatches of various patriotic strains such as Yankee Doodle Dandy, Maryland, My Maryland and God Save America. A fun piece of intermediate difficulty which recorder quintets could well perform in gracing patriotic functions.
It was recorded by the Zonophone Orchestra under label 5281A in May 1907.
Jamestown Rag was published, also as a song, by The Evans-Hill Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 180 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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youtube15.jpg Jamestown Rag (2:10) Ragtime Dorian Henry