Wireless Rag (1909)
Last updated: 17.11.19
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Composer: A. Shepherd Suppliers: dbe15.gif 
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 987
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
Wireless Rag is a fine composition celebrating the then newfangled wireless. Its form is AABBCD with a 4-bar introduction whereby the ABC- and D-strains are written in the major keys of Eb and Ab respectively. As an adaptation for recorder sextet, this piece is rather difficult not only for the keys used but also for the virtuosity demanded from the treble player. Exquisite tonguing too is demanded from the other melody voices in order to meet the desired effect. It is really worth the effort!
Interestingly Wireless Rag was published within advertising material prepared by the Theatre Royal, Kansas City. Amongst the many expected music industry adverts, other more mundane adverts ranging from dentistry to needlework may be found. There is even an amusing ditty advising young lovers to buy their furniture at a particular store.
Wireless Rag was published by J.W. Jenkins' Sons Music Co., Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.