Dixie Tango (1914)....R.C.Aultman....(It's not a tango!)

Despite the title, this is a medium paced example of ragtime. When I first heard this, it sounded to me as if Aultman may have taken the best bits from lots of other rags and cobbled them all together. Having said that, it works very well and is quite a tuneful composition. I couldn't find anything out about Aultman on Google so maybe someone out there may have some info? The scores and midis with second banjo are in the library...Steve.

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Well...that's a lovely bit of Ragtime indeed. His transition from the A part to B is a tad awkward (just my opinion, of course) but it is still a cool piece.

I'd say that the title is simply a "Dixie" slur...that capitalizes on the Tango craze. I like the cover art!

Well done, Steve!

Thanks Marc, I've added the fingering as I would play it, my unconventional mix of classic and melodic making full use of open strings in order to move 'smoothly' along the fret board. The first 4 bars plus repeats took a bit of working out and I'm sure there are other ways they could be played. Have you any info on the composer?....Steve. 
Trapdoor2 said:

Well...that's a lovely bit of Ragtime indeed. His transition from the A part to B is a tad awkward (just my opinion, of course) but it is still a cool piece.

I'd say that the title is simply a "Dixie" slur...that capitalizes on the Tango craze. I like the cover art!

Well done, Steve!

To be sure, I wasn't referring to your fingering in the transition from A to B, I was speaking of the original composers transition. It just doesn't seem to flow well. I cannot play music in the library from here at work (firewall, etc.) so I have to go to YouTube and listen to whatever I can find there (generally "Ragtime Dorian Henry"'s stuff on youtube)

Hi Marc, my remarks were not in response to your post but a general comment about the arrangement. I've since found a midi of the tune and the transition bars have been omitted so others must also share your views....Steve.
Trapdoor2 said:

To be sure, I wasn't referring to your fingering in the transition from A to B, I was speaking of the original composers transition. It just doesn't seem to flow well. I cannot play music in the library from here at work (firewall, etc.) so I have to go to YouTube and listen to whatever I can find there (generally "Ragtime Dorian Henry"'s stuff on youtube)

Such stuff always makes me think of all the slips that can occur between 'composition' and 'publication'. I certainly have made my share of errors...and once the piece is out of the composers hands, much can happen.

The other day, I was transcribing Bach's Cello prelude to Partita #1 and once I got it keyed in, it just didn't sound "right". The copy I had was from a 19th Cent publication, downloaded from the net. Turned out to have "printers errors". I finally found a 'correct' version.

Something like this bit of ragtime trivia would never see the light of 'correction'. It likely sold in low quantities and the mysterious Mr. Aultman may not have published much else.

Ah well, it is well worthy of being heard again. Thanks for the opportunity to hear it and play it!

Hi Marc, you're quite right, I've  often had to rewrite or amend quite a few of the scores that I've arranged, especially if I changed them from the original key in which they were written.

Trapdoor2 said:

Such stuff always makes me think of all the slips that can occur between 'composition' and 'publication'. I certainly have made my share of errors...and once the piece is out of the composers hands, much can happen.

The other day, I was transcribing Bach's Cello prelude to Partita #1 and once I got it keyed in, it just didn't sound "right". The copy I had was from a 19th Cent publication, downloaded from the net. Turned out to have "printers errors". I finally found a 'correct' version.

Something like this bit of ragtime trivia would never see the light of 'correction'. It likely sold in low quantities and the mysterious Mr. Aultman may not have published much else.

Ah well, it is well worthy of being heard again. Thanks for the opportunity to hear it and play it!

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