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A Breeze from Alabama arr Siddons Cornet Part

By Scott Joplin

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Trumpet, Cornet in Bb - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Scott Joplin (1868-1917). Arranged by James Siddons. Ragtime, Fourth of July, Recital, Patriotic, Americana. Individual Part. 3 pages. Published by James Siddons Music and Writings (S0.245713).

Item Number: S0.245713

Although published as a piano solo(1902), A Breeze from Alabama is subtitled "March and Two Step" and has adedication on the cover to P. G. Lowery (Perry George Lowery, 1871-1942), "World'sChallenging Colored Cornetist and Band Master." Thus, A Breeze from Alabama may well have been conceived as a march for military bandbut published only as a piano solo. No band arrangement byJoplin is known to exist, but Joplin could have done this, as he himself was a cornetistas well as pianist, and had played cornet in bands like Lowery's many times.

        Drawing on this information, thepresent arrangement by James Siddons (2017) is based on the following assumptions:

1. A Breeze from Alabamaoriginated as a march (in march-trio form) for military band.

2. The 1902 publication for piano solo by Scott Joplin is a pianoreduction of that band work. The melodic lines intended for cornet solo are generallydiscernible in the piano reduction.

3. A setting for piano duet (orensemble) keeps this work in the tradition of ragtime piano while also emulating the fulsometone colors of brass instruments to a degree that a solo piano cannot do. Thus thisarrangement is not a solo-and-accompaniment setting, but a setting for large ensemble withsoloist. It is collaborative music, akin to a concerto.

This is the part for cornet in Bb (or trumpet). A performance also requires the piano duet score (also playable as a piano ensemble), and the full score if a conductor participates. The audio track posted here has the piano music only, and is for rehearsal by the cornet soloist. A cadenza for the cornet, composed by James Siddons, begins at measure 116 in the score and part, and at 2 mins, 44 secs in the audio recording. In the audio track, five seconds of silence begin at 2 mins, 44 secs. To practice the cadenza, press the "pause" button on your media player. To rehearse without playing the cadenza, simply wait out the brief silence. At 2 mins, 49 secs, the piano music resumes at measure 120 of the score or cornet part.


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