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Complete Rags For Piano

Revised Edition

By William Bolcom

Piano - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Revised Edition. Composed by William Bolcom. Piano. Ragtime. Collection (softcover). With introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 126 pages. Published by Edward B. Marks Music (HL.220018).

Item Number: HL.220018

ISBN 9780634001826. 9x12 inches.

This exciting new edition includes every piano rag written by William Bolcom and matches the recording by John Murphy. There are 22 compositions, including: Eubie's Lucky Day * Graceful Ghost Rag * The Poltergeist * Raggin' Rudi * Tabby Cat Walk * Knight Hubert * Glad Rag * and more. Features a foreword by the composer, a biography, many photos, and commentary by Bolcom throughout.

About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.

  • Epithalamium 
  • Eubie's Lucky Day 
  • Fields Of Flowers Rag 
  • The Gardenia 
  • Glad Rag 
  • Knight Hubert 
  • Rag Tango 
  • California Porcupine Rag 
  • Dream Shadows 
  • Epitaph For Louis Chauvin 
  • The Eternal Feminine 
  • Graceful Ghost 
  • Incineratorag 
  • Last Rag 
  • Lost Lady Rag 
  • Old Adam 
  • The Poltergeist 
  • Raggin' Rudi 
  • Seabiscuits Rag 
  • The Serpent's Kiss 
  • Tabby Cat Walk 
  • Through Eden's Gates 

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  • 5

    Larry Barnes
    Lexington, KY
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  • February 19, 2018 Bolcom turns ragtime on its ear - beautifully.

    William Bolcom carved a niche for himself in the mid-twentieth century by claiming some of the best of American idioms and turning it sideways. His ragtimes use sudden dissonance and atonality, rapping, stomping, tongue-clicking, lightning-fast syncopation,and punching chords, wrapped inside the luscious sliding harmonies of the...

    early 20th century, and the moderate beats of true ragtime. Get ready to work hard, however! This music is not for the timid but well worth your time.

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  • 5

    Cincinnati, OH
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  • August 08, 2011 Bolcom Complete Rags

    This is a level of difficulty at least that of Rhapsody in Blue. Graceful Ghost Rag alone is worth the cost of the book Buying the CD this comes from will help in picking songs to learn as well as giving you a high standard of how to play them...

    . It is so difficult to find such advanced music, I'm thrilled to have it.

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  • 5

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  • July 28, 2010 Good Music!

    The songs in this book are so challenging, but fun to learn! Once you master one of these songs, you feel on top of the world! Be warned players though, these are difficult pieces! William Bolcom just loves to tease our fingers!

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  • November 11, 2008 fingerbusters

    I met Bill Bolcom at the first Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia Mo. His rags are not easy, but they are humorous and very expressive.

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  • August 01, 2008 Great Bolcom Rags

    The work is difficult but worth the effort

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