Modesty Rag (1920)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: J.S. Scott Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quartet D/A/T/B
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 114D
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins.
It begs to be said that Scott with this piece has in all modesty composed an essentially delicate classic rag in AABBACCA form which contrasts with so many of his earlier more rousing numbers. One of the final "classic" rags to be published, Modesty Rag represents the die-hard publisher John Stark's adamant stand against the music trends of the day and ragtime's decline in favour of the incoming blues and jazz fashions. The cover of the original sheet music also reflects the rag's title and mood showing a demure maiden in silhouette clad in a modest, classic evening dress.
The descant, treble and tenor voices all have a few high notes in harmony to master demanding meticulous simultaneous tonguing ensemble skills.
Modesty Rag was published by Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 72 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a sextet version of this item.