Joshua Rifkin Gladiolus Rag

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Scott Joplin: Piano Rags is a 1970 ragtime piano album, consisting of compositions by Scott Joplin played by Joshua Rifkin, on the Nonesuch Records label. The original album's cover states the name as Piano Rags by Scott Joplin, as contrasting the album's spine. The record is considered to have been the first to reintroduce the music of pianist and composer Joplin in the early 1970s. It was Nonesuch. Listen to your favourite songs from Joshua Rifkin. Stream ad-free with Amazon Music Unlimited on mobile, desktop, and tablet. Download our mobile app now. Listen to The Ragtime Dance by Joshua Rifkin, 1,027 Shazams, featuring on Scott Joplin Essentials, and Ben Folds: Influences Apple Music playlists. The Ragtime Dance. The Ragtime Dance. Elite Synchopations (1902). Joshua Rifkin (born April 22, 1944 in New York) is an American conductor, keyboard player, and musicologist. He is best known by the general public for having played a central role in the ragtime revival in the 1970s with the three albums he recorded of Scott Joplin's works for Nonesuch Records.

The Joplin Rags are not harder or easier than classical music, just different.
RagYou need the following to play them well:

1. Excellent muscular memory so you can grab the root/fifth octaves in the
left hand completely effortlessly and certainly without looking.

2. A great finger legato so that the melody can be brought out in a linear
fashion without over-pedaling.

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3. The ability to not only bring out melodic countermelodies, but rhymic ones

Joshua Rifkin Gladiolus Rag

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The two biggest things that pianists do to ruin ragtime is that they play the
rags way too fast and with too much pedal. Ragtime has an elegance to it when
played well.

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Do NOT listen to the Joshua Rifkin recordings of the Joplin rags. They are too
studied and steile.

DO listen to the William Bolcom recordings of the Joplin Rags. They are
elegant and graceful. Also, you should listen to the rags written by Bolcom
himself. An excellent one is called 'Graceful Ghost'.

Some of the easier Joplin Rags, IMO are Weeping Willow, Pinapple, and Swipsey


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The Entertainer, Easy Winners, Maple Leaf are difficult because everyone knows
them and any and all mistakes will become too transparent.

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Ragtime is a wonderful fun part of piano playing. Good luck and most of all,
have fun.
Irwin Goldberg....pianist, conductor.