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Max Sexsmith

CHESLATTA LAKE RAG. Canadian, Country Rag (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BA'. "Composed by Max Sexsmith during 1963 and 1964. It is in the style of early 20th century dance hits that are now accepted in the old-time repertory. The tune is based on the tonic, dominant, and subdominant triads of the major mode, the harmonic basis of old-time music. The syncopated rhythm has jazz roots." (Gibbons)

Printed sources: Gibbons (As It Comes: Folk Fiddling in Prince George, British Columbia), 1982; No. 13, p. 30. Whitcomb (Canadian Fiddle Music Volume 1), 2010; p. 59.

Recorded Sources: Apex AL 1632 "Don Messer's New TV Favourites" (1964). LS Records LSCD-8019 Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers "Fiddles & Bows & Tappin' Toes" (2006). fiddle

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