The Pan-Am-Rag (1914)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: T.M. Turpin Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 215
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Length: approx. 2¾ mins.
The Pan-Am-Rag foreshadows the same-named icon of American aviation by a few decades, has survived the demise of that airline and still performed and recorded today. It was arranged by Arthur Marshall This adaptation for recorder sextet is taken from a manuscript deposited in the Library of Congress (Call No. M31.T loc.natlib.ihas.2000-33225) on 8th June, 1914). Unusually, the cover of the manuscript is graced with crude artwork presumably a proposal for a prospective publisher. As far as I can ascertain, I have found no evidence that it was ever published and perhaps, although often recorded, this may be its first appearance in print. The rag itself has an AABBCB form with a 4-bar introduction and a 4-bar interlude between the A- and B-strains. A delightful ensemble piece with effervescent melodies, the 1st tenor has the A-strain, the B-strain is shared by all voices as the melody soars up and down the registers whilst the C-strain explores the heavens with fisted chords. Great stuff indeed!
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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