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Castle House Rag (orch Smith)

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James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe (orch. Hale Smith)

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General Info

Year: 1914 /
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Dance band
Publisher: American Wind Symphony Orchestra
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $350.00


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Trumpet Solo
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 1914, the most famous exponents of modern social dance were Vernon and Irene Castle. Their revolutionary style did away with bulky moves associated with dances of the late nineteenth century and replaced them with elegant and streamlined athleticism. The Castles brought a new wave of popularity to dancing and much of their popularity was due to their daringness; the white Castles had hired an African-American orchestra to accompany them in a time when such public integration was nearly unknown. James Reese Europe (1881-1919) served as the Castle’s musical director.

Castle House Rag is a multi-themed work with sparse and subtle use of syncopation. But the effect that is has is electrifying due to the unabashed energy exhibited and a quasi-improvisational manner in which the musicians play.

- Program Note from Library of Congress

Castle House Rag, for band, served as incidental film music for The Making of Citizen Kane.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Carthage College (Kenosha, Wisc.) Wind Orchestra (James Ripley, conductor) - 4 October 2020

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