Luna Park Rag (1909)
One or Two Step
Last updated: 17.02.23
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Composer: R. Williams Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 586
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Length: approx. 4½ mins. Sounds best with the 2nd tenor doubled.
Luna Park Rag is an unusual antipodean contribution to the ocean of ragtime pieces. Whilst next to nothing is known about the composer, much is known about Luna Park. This hugely popular Melbourne attraction was built on a drained lagoon and opened in November 1906 by one Mr Salambo. His "Dreamland", an outdoor amusement park had attractions which included Mt Fujiyama, The Rivers of the World, the Destruction of San Francisco, the Underworld, the Figure-8, a Grecian Theatre, an airship and a band. The cover of the original sheet music is a colourful display of these delights. The rag itself is a quirky affair in ABCCA form whereby the B-strain is 16 bars and the remainder being of 18 bars. In the A-strain the melody is shared most unusually by the great bass and the 1st tenor. The B- and C-strains both have jolly descending glissandi with sextuplets galore, representin a helter-skelter perhaps. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Luna Park Rag was published by Pianola Co., Melbourne, Australia.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Midi James Pitt-Payne