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The Snake Oil PeddlerA Ragtime Fantasy for Band

Coleman, Christopher

Medicine shows traveled around small-town America throughout the 1800s and even into the early 1900s. These were often eleborate affairs with several different musical acts, perhaps a juggler or magician or comedian, and culminating in the presentation of a miracle elixir which became know as "Snake Oil" - for sale for a limited time only, said to cure everything from baldness to death of less than two weeks! What a subject for a piece! Tortuous transformations take the heavy, road weary caravan to the fever pitch and excitment of the Snake Oil Peddler's weaving of malicious spells. Exciting, infectious, a great entertainment for both band and audience alike.

Grade AB 7-8 US 5

c: 14 minutes


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The Snake Oil Peddler Coleman

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