Below: Alice Arnold:, and Frieda
By 1920 the technically difficult novelty
rag, or novelty piano music, was the rage, more frequently played
at home from a roll on the immensely popular player piano than
executed by the average player from a printed sheet. Performer/entertainer
and composer Edith Althoff specialized in novelty piano solos.
Hunky Dory (1922) Jack Mills Inc., New York, Dancing
Fingers (1923) Mills (in Jack Mills' Folio of Syncopation.)
Toothpick Rag (1912) Bixby and Brothers, Buffalo,
Checker: Rag Two Step (1908) arr. by Julia Rosenbush,
Carlin & Lennox, Indianapolis.
Arnold, Alice R.
The Gaily Two Step (1904) self-published, Rugby, Indiana.
Arnold, May Olive.
Ragtime Follies (1910) self-published, Mobile, Alabama.
Asher, Mabel L.
One of the few rags ever published in So.
California, particularly San Diego. [See also: Marguerite Ray
& Meryle Payne.]
Cinder-Ella Rag (1910) self-published, San Diego,
The Darkies Serenade: or Under the Sycamore Tree (Song)
(1907) arranged by Mary Jacque, self-published, Webb City, Missouri.
(Born, May 8th, 1889; died, Seymour, Indiana,
October, 1972.) Frieda Aufderheide was not May Aufderheide's
sister (see below), but given the last name, she was probably
related somehow. All we currently know about Frieda Aufderheide
is that she was a piano teacher in Seymour, Indiana, and that
she performed in the 1920s with a group called "The American
Entertainers," which included Molly Keller, piano, and Mayme
Anderson Cox, reader and impersonator, the three under the direction
of Edith Mildred Eagleston. A surviving flyer for the group in
the collection of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, describes
Miss Aufderheide thus:
Freida Aufderhiede, violinist, has been appearing in public recitals
since ten years of age. She is a finished musician of the Metropolitan
School of Music, Indianapolis, and has successfully studied under
the leading teachers of America. Miss Auferheide's playing has
a charm and sympathy that reaches the heart; a free and masterful
style of rendition, her exquisite purity of tone, genuine artistry
and intelligent interpretation make for her success.
The Flyer (1908) Carlin & Lennox, Indianapolis,
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