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Piano Duet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Scott Joplin (1868-1917). Arranged by James Siddons. Ragtime, Fourth of July, Recital, Patriotic, Americana. Individual Part. 20 pages. Published by James Siddons Music and Writings (S0.245703).
Item Number: S0.245703
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 generallydiscernable 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.
The part for sale here is the piano duet (or ensemble), with the Secondo part on the left pages and the Primo part on the right (facing) pages. The mp3 recording is of the full score (cornet solo and pianos). The full score and cornet part are sold separately.
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