The Fascinator (1903)
March and Two Step
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Composer: J.S. Scott Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 106
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Length: approx. 4 mins.
This early Scott composition, one of the three rags written while he was still working at Dumar's Music Store, celebrates his friend a certain Miss Daisey N. Pierce to whom the rag is dedicated. It is within the bounds of possibility that she is also the charming, smiling fascinator gracing the cover of the original sheet music. What better way could the then 17-year old composer pay court! The rag itself is a mature and jolly affair in AABBACCDD form. This adaptation for recorder ranges through all registers resulting in some tedious bar-counting, particularly for the descant and 1st tenor voices. In fact the descant is fully unemployed for the DD-strains! If instead of just trying to appear interested and intelligent whilst waiting out the final 32 bars, the descant player may feel inclined or be persuaded to help out the 2nd tenor and bass with the divisi in bars 88, 91 and 92 in the interests of purism.
The Fascinator was published by Dumars Music Co., Carthage, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 76 crotchets/min. is suggested.
  Composer Sequencer
audiomidi15.gif J.S. Scott Sakae Watanabe
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audiodbemp315.gif J.S. Scott Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
     Performer CD Title Supplier
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cd15.gif Guido Nielsen James Scott: The Complete Works 1903-1922 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Miguel Pineda-Van Gelder A Ragtime Feast: Forgotten Rags No. 4 flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Ratzkowski/Thomsen Duo Ragtime CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15es.gif
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pdf15.gif Fascinator (1903), The J.S. Scott (music) Piano Ragtime Piano wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Fascinator (1903), The J.S. Scott (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.