Old Folks Rag (1914)
Last updated: 28.08.18
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Composer: W.C. Sweatman Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 955
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Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
Subtitled both Fox Trot and Trot & One Step and coupled with Rag in the Title, the composer and publisher clearly intended Old Folks Rag to reach a wide market at the same time cashing in on the then new-fangled fox-trot craze. The cover of the original sheet music shows elegant 19th century dancers whilst the back cover lauds it to be among the worlds best 5 fox-trots. The others named are Meadowbrook ( Arthur M. Kraus ), Ballin' the Jack (Chris Smith /James Reese Europe ), Carolina Fox Trot (1914) (William H. Vodery ) and Reuben (Edward B. Claypoole ).
Its form is AABBCD with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the B- and C-strains. The keys used are F- and Bb-major. This is a delightful treble solo romp in this adaptation for recorder quintet which will assuredly charm all folks young, middling and old!
Old Folks Rag was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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