Hey Rube (1906)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: N.W. Stokes Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 996
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Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
Hey Rube is a fine tootling march two step with infectious "folksy" strains. Its form is ABBCC with a 4-bar introduction and a 12-bar interlude between the A- and C-strains and the key used is Bb -major. The final C-strain is scored 8va ad lib, here a descant could be quickly snatched as an option. The cover of the original sheet music appropriately shows Rube himself to be a handsome blue-shirted young pitchfork wielding labourer posing before a stook of wheat.
Hey Rube was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.