Another Rag for Rags

For Violin And Piano

Dan Welcher (composer)


  • Violin
  • Piano
Score and Parts
Jorge Mester, musical director at Aspen from 1970 to 1990, had a beloved sheepdog Rags, who became the unofficial mascot of the Festival. When the dog passed in 1981, Mester asked Welcher for a "Requiem for Rags," which became Rag for Rags. This brass and percussion setting begins slowly, in the traditional New Orleans funeral style, then ultimately breaks into a faster, joyful section, "Rags trots into heaven." The brass version was played as a memorial during a concert that summer. Violinist Paul Kantor requested a version for violin and piano, for inclusion on his upcoming CD featuring Welcher's violin concerto. This new version is faithful to the original, including special cues for the violin - notably the special whistle that Mester used to call his dog.
SKU: 164-00289
Duration: 4:30
Tempo: Slow And Lazy (q = 88)
Dedication: for Paul Kantor
Commission Notice: Commissioned by Paul Kantor
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Delivery Method: Print
Product Type: Score and Parts
Accompanied: Accompanied Solo
Page count: 8
Weight: 0.05 lbs.
UPC: 6-80160-62125-5
ISBN: 978-1-59806-834-4
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