The Easy Winners by Scott Joplin (1868-1917). Edited by Maurice Hinson. For Piano. Masterworks; Piano Solo; Solo. Alfred Masterwork Edition. Late Intermediate level piece for the Piano Solo event with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Festivals Bulletin 2008-2009-2010. Masterwork; Romantic. SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced); NFMC Level: Difficult Class 2. Sheet. 8 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.8064).
ISBN 073902437X. Masterwork; Romantic.
This "Ragtime Two Step" was featured in the film "The Sting" in an orchestrated version and is among Joplin's happiest sounding rags. It is written in A-flat Major and D flat Major, and in 2/4 time. The use of so many black keys actually makes this piece easier to play than others with simpler key signatures. The left hand is required to play in "stride" style, alternating bass notes and chords throughout the song, and the right hand plays in typical ragtime syncopation. This is Scott Joplin classic ragtime at its best!
About SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)
4 and 5-note chords spanning more than an octave. Intricate rhythms and melodies.