The Ragtime Goblin Man (1912)
Last updated: 03.04.18
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Composer: H. von Tilzer Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1081
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Length: approx. 4¼ mins.
Whether there is a connection between The Ragtime Goblin Man and The Ghost of the Goblin Man (1912) published in the same year is a matter of conjecture and of no particular significance. The cover of The Ragtime Goblin Man shows a black-faced grinning goblin well pleased with life and obviously enjoying his ragtime. It is a lively, joyful and longish composition having an ABCCDCCDCC form with an 8-bar introduction the whole being written in C-major. This adaptation for recorder sextet is an all tenor/bass affair and in this piece, the basses must be particularly subdued. The 1st bass in particular has take care in avoiding clashes with the tenors if playing an octave higher than scored.
The Ragtime Goblin Man was published, also as a song in 1911, by Harry von Tilzer Music Pub. Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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