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The Joy of Ragtime
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Piano Solo Piano/Keyboard - SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate)
Edited by Denes Agay. Yorktown. Ragtime. Collection (softcover). With chord names and fingerings (does not include words to the songs). 80 pages. Yorktown Music Press #YK21129. Published by Yorktown Music Press (HL.14001256).

Item Number: HL.14001256

ISBN 9780825680168. 9x12 inches. English.

This book includes the best and most durable examples of the unique ragtime style--the music of Scott Joplin, James Scott, Joseph F. Lamb, Tom Turpin, Charles Hunter, and others--most are in their original forms, though some have been arranged for easier playing.

About SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate)

4-note chords in both hands with large stretches and leaps. Irregular and complicated rhythms.

  • Cakewalk Parade From Brainard's Ragtime Collection  C Major
  • Mississippi Rag  Composed by W.H. Krell, C Major
  • Smoky Mokes  Composed by Abe Holzman, F Major
  • The Entertainer  Composed by Scott Joplin, C Major
  • The Bos'n Rag  Composed by Fred S. Stone, C Major
  • Hello, Ma Baby  Composed by Howard, Emerson, F Major
  • Mister Johnson, Turn Me Lose  Composed by Ben Harney, F Major
  • Rufus, Rastus, Johnson Brown  Composed by Von Tilzer-Sterling, C Major
  • Living A Ragtime Life  Composed by Roberts-Jefferson, C Major
  • Black And White Rag  Composed by George Botsford, G Major
  • Cotton Bolls  Composed by Charles Hunter, C Major
  • Mandy's Broadway Stroll  Composed by Thomas E. Broady, G Major
  • Classical Rag - "Kyrene"  Composed by E.J. Stark, C Major
  • Joplin Medley  Weeping Willow, The Cascades, The Strenuous Life, Palm Leaf Rag, Peacherine Rag, Composed by Scott Joplin
  • Peaches And Cream  Composed by Percy Wenrich, C Major
  • The St. Louis Rag  Composed by Tom Turpin, C Major
  • Calico Rag  Composed by Lee B. Grabbe, Bb Major
  • The Sycamore  Composed by Scott Joplin, G Major
  • Kansas City Rag  Composed by James Scott, C Major
  • The Chrysanthemum  Composed by Scott Joplin, Bb Major
  • Bohemia  Composed by Joseph F. Lamb, G Major
  • Maple Leaf Rag  Composed by Scott Joplin, Ab Major
  • Pleasant Moments  Composed by Scott Joplin, G Major
  • Ragtime Nightingale  Composed by Joseph F. Lamb, C Minor
  • Frog Legs Rag  Composed by James Scott, Db Major

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Caldwell, NJ
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  • August 31, 2012 Good Book, Good Variety

    I have had the book for close to twenty years, and find it valuable for its variety and especially for the two Joe Lamb rags. Joe was my grandfather's cousin. His work isn't easy to find these days and I wanted to give the book to a young...

    grand niece of mine so as to keep the family memory and alive and Joe Lamb's rags being played amon us. Sheet Music Plus made this search and purchase delightfully easy.

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  • 4

    Muscatine, IA
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  • March 09, 2009 Good Ragtime book!

    These songs are fun to play! The degree of difficulty is as expected -- Intermediate/advanced.

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  • 5

    Anne Oldfield
    Sundre, Alberta, Canada
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  • June 27, 2008 My introduction to Ragtime

    I haven't played piano for 32 years and I wanted to get back into it, mostly classical. I found the Joy of Classical Music at a local store and loved it. I found the list of books on the back cover so chose Ragtime for the fun of playing...

    something new. I like the syncopated rhythm. I'm still on the first half of the book which seems to be easier than the second half, so I can't comment on that. I'm glad to know where I can get something different when I require it.

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  • 4

    Morris Plains, NJ
  • August 19, 2005 Very Nice, Gradual Intro to Ragtime

    I have had this book for a number of years, and still find myself referring to it. It includes relatively easy versions of classics like "The Entertainer" and "Black and White Rag" to get you started, and works its way up to the original versions of such things as Joplin...

    's "Maple Leaf Rag" and Tom Turpin's "St. Louis Rag", which will prove challenging for intermediate players. All in all, a lot of fun, and something with which you can impress your friends, and yourself. I would like to see a discussion of technique, and how to approach playing some of the more difficult pieces, which is why I give the book only four stars. But in any case, if you want to play rags, this is a good book to get you started.

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