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Length: approx. 3¾ mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor and bass doubled.
This fulminatory composition has the classic ragtime form of AABBACCDD with a 4-bar introduction. Heavily accentuated the rag lives up to its title and it is hard to appreciate that it was written by an 18-year old - and it was not even Robinson's first success! That honour goes to his big hit Sapho Rag (1909).
Whilst perhaps not quite Joplin, it certainly shows maturity and is great fun to perform. The themes are quite rousing and there is a nice contrast in the C-strain where the bass voices have their say. The amusing cover of the original sheet music shows a huge firework, what the British call a "banger", the label of which depicts a small bare-bummed lad being suspended by his torturer above one such "banger" about to go off. Not something that the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children could hardly endorse!
was published by Southern California Music Co.
, Los Angeles, California, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.