A Black Bawl (1905)
A Slow Drag
Last updated: 28.01.22
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Composer: H.C. Thompson Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 611
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Length: approx. 4½ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
Judging from the cover of the original sheet music which shows a weeping pickaninny lass, one might expect A Black Bawl to be something sad to cry about. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a well-crafted, lively and jolly piece in AABBCCDDAB form with a 4-bar introduction and a surprising 4-bar interlude between the DA strains which brings the whole affair to a grinding hat - a slow drag even! A splendid ensemble piece whereby the treble has most of the say except for the B-strain which is handled by the 1st tenor. Those that admire Thompson's Watermelon Trust (1906), another slow drag, will certainly enjoy this piece.
A Black Bawl was published by W. C. Polla Company, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.
  Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample 
audiodbemp315.gif A/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s) 
audiomidi15.gif Midi Colin McDonald
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif Nora Hulse 24 Piano Rags by Women flag15us.gif
     Title Performer
youtube15.jpg A Black Bawl (3:56) Ragtime Dorian Henry