Sponge (1911)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: W.C. Simon Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Septet D/A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 791
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
Sponge is a most remarkable and beautiful two step with a form of AABBACB with a 4-bar introduction which doubles as an interlude between the B- and C-strains the whole being in the recorder players' favourite keys of Ab-major and f-minor. The BB- and final B-strains surprise by being one bar short - an unusual device. Of this piece Trebor Jay Tichenor in his Ragtime Rarities eloquently wrote that Sponge, published near Storyville, was a singular piece of ragtime and that alternating between major and minor chords, it wove a poignant ambivalent mood - an aura of pungent charms and dark resignation, a true glimpse of "sporting life." The cover of the original sheet music shows quite simply a bathroom sponge.
Sponge was published by W.C. Simon, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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