Boiled Owl (1911)
Last updated: 18.07.18
Composer: M. Woodin Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 776
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Length: approx. 2 mins. Sounds best if the 2nd tenor is doubled.
Short and sweet, Boiled Owl is a little gem of a ragged rag. It has the form of AABBC with a 4-bar introduction whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. The two-colour cover of the original sheet music is unpretentious and contents itself with a Greek classic scene with plain fields in which the genre, composer's name and title can be entered. An inexpensive cover therefore that can be used over and over. All of this throws no light on the choice of the title which immediately suggests to the editor that lovely old convivial verb " to be as drunk as a boiled owl". Playing this rag intemperately comes with a serious health warning - especially the final chord which requires judicious over blowing. Stay off the pop until the piece is finished!
Boiled Owl was published by F. B. Haviland Publishing Co. Inc., New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.