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A Million Buffalo Roam (Piano Duet)

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By James Siddons

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Piano Duet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by James Siddons. 20th Century, Ragtime, Fourth of July, Patriotic, Americana. 49 pages. Published by James Siddons Music and Writings (S0.228757).

Item Number: S0.228757

This composition, by composer, pianist, and musicologist James Siddons,is neither an  arrangement nor a medley.Rather, it is a kind of historical re-construction; one that  imagines how a typical piano rag of before1905 would have sounded when performed  by a skillful vernacular pianist as a virtuosic improvisation.  AMillion Buffalo Roam presents TomTurpin's "Buffalo Rag," "Home On the Range," and the"Star-Spangled Banner" as an extended virtuosic display. It is a representation of a little-documentedperformance practice. After improvisatory passages on the three themes of"The Buffalo Rag" are heard individually, they are combined with thetunes of "Home On the Range" and the "Star-SpangledBanner," including one passage in which "Home On the Range" andthe "Star-Spangled Banner" are played simultaneously, combined withthe accompaniment patterns of "Buffalo Rag." This work may be performed as a piano duet, piano duo, or piano ensemble. It is also published as a Conductor's Score, with Primo and Secondo combined in one four-staff system.

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