Billiken Rag (1913)
Last updated: 04.08.18
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Composer: E.J. Stark Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 471
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Length: approx. 3¾ mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor and bass doubled.
Billiken Rag is a gay, haunting, quirky rag of almost boundless syncopation and complicated form of composition requiring the very best of ensemble skills with regard to the double T of tonguing and timing. On first publication it was advertised as "picture show, first scene" indicating use to accompany silent films of the day. The name "Billiken", an oriental good-luck charm, celebrates both a St. Louis Club and the St. Louis University basketball club of the same name.
Billiken Rag was published by the Stark Music Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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youtube15.jpg Billiken Rag (3:11) Ragtime Dorian Henry