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Length: approx. 3¼ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
There are three versions of The Junk Man Rag
, the first was an arrangement by Artie Matthews
and the second an arrangement by William H. Tyers
which was also used in this adaptation for recorder. The Tyer's version was used for the song of the same name in 1914. The pundits find merits in both versions but also find that neither captures the brilliance and force of an actual Luckey Roberts performance. As to the piece itself it has an AABBACC form with a 4-bar introduction and a 12-bar interlude between the C strains. It is splendid ensemble piece in that all voices are fully occupied - no bar-counting here! It is also one of those rare adaptations where the descant is the lead instrument and has all the melodies.
The Junk Man Rag
was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co.
, New York, USA.
A tempo of 78 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a descant solo
version of this item.