Maple Leaf Rag, by Scott Joplin, Clarinet and Violin Duet
by Scott Joplin
Clarinet - Digital Sheet Music

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Instrumental Duet Clarinet,Instrumental Duet,Violin - Level 4 - Digital Download

SKU: A0.587768

Composed by Scott Joplin. Arranged by David McKeown. 20th Century,Folk,Ragtime,Standards. Score and parts. 5 pages. David McKeown #4896847. Published by David McKeown (A0.587768).

The most popular  ofScott Joplin’s piano rags during his lifetime, The Maple Leaf Rag was published in 1899. Joplin lived for a while in Sedalia, Missouri and the Maple Leaf Club in that town is thought to have provided the name for this composition. It provided Joplin with a steady income for the rest of his life, and while he requested that it be played at his funeral, his wife refused as she felt it inappropriate. It was the first track on Joshua Rifkin’s famous 1970 revival recording of Joplin’s music and, never waning in popularity, it has featured in hundreds of films.

This version for Clarinet and Violin Duet includes all four sections of the original composition. The tempo in recorded versions varies widely between 72 and 126, so the marking of 92 is a suggestion only. The linked youtube performance is the Alto Saxophone version of this duet and the repeats are omitted for brevity.

Musicians at an advanced intermediate level and above will find this ideal for formal and informal performances. The overall performance time is around four minutes.

Teachers will enjoy using this arrangement as a fun way to help with phrasing, syncopated rhythms and light articulation.

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