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Dill Pickles

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Charles L. Johnson

Charles L. Johnson (arr. Bob Becker)

General Info

Year: 1906 / 1991
Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Keyboard Percussion Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $20.00


Full Score
Solo Xylophone
Percussion I-II-III-IV (4 players), including:

  • Marimba I-II-III-IV


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Here is the arrangement of Dill Pickles Bob Becker made for the world-famous percussion group NEXUS. The accompaniments require four players performing on a minimum of two marimbas.

- Program Note from publisher

By far the biggest hit of 1906 was Charles Johnson's most successful rag Dill Pickles. The first rag to sell a million copies was Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag; the second was Dill Pickles. It has been suggested that by 1906 ragtime was already beginning to wane. After the publication of Dill Pickles there was a revival of interest in ragtime that extended its life by nearly ten more years. This piece of music made use of the “three over four” syncopation that was subsequently copied and used in dozens of rags by other composers. Joplin himself had difficulty getting away from its conventions.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • Indiana: III Mallet Ensembles
  • Missouri: Percussion Ensemble B
  • Ohio: Mallet Ensemble A


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Johnson, C.; Becker, B. (1991). Dill Pickles [score]. Keyboard Percussion Publications: Asbury Park, N.J.