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Black and White Rag

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George Botsford

George Botsford (arr. Larry Daehn)


General Info

Year: 1908
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet I-II
Bassoon
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpets (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbals
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Ragtime music enjoyed peak popularity between 1897 and 1918. It began as a modification of the march form, with additional “ragged” or syncopated rhythms originating in African musical styles. Black and White Rag was published in 1908 and is Botsford’s most familiar composition.

- Program note by Karen Berry for the San Jose Wind Symphony concert program, 27 January 2013


Written in 1908, this was the most famous of George Botsford's more than twenty rags. Old-time syncopation for all the woodwinds and brasses, splash cymbal, wood block, and all the mallet percussion you want to add - plus the glorious Arthur Pryor trombone smear. A surefire recipe for FUN in the band room and concert hall!

-Program note by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

Reference Ensemble and conductor unknown


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Recent Performances

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  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 10 March 2019
  • San Jose (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) - 27 January 2013
  • Crystal Band (Scranton, Penn.) - 28 April 2012

Additional Works for Winds by this Composer

None discovered thus far.


References

  • Botsford, G. (1908). Black and White Rag [piano score]. Jerome H. Remick & Co. : New York.