Ragtime (Shirley, Nathan)

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Publisher. Info. Marsyas Music, 2000.
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Work Title Ragtime
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Composer Shirley, Nathan
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. INS 21
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 rag
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2000
First Publication. 2000
Average DurationAvg. Duration 2-3 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation piano

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Ragtime was composed when I was 19. This is by no means a typical ragtime, having been partially inspired by Stravinsky’s Ragtime for 11 instruments (Stravinsky never actually heard any ragtime before writing his, having just received the sheet music to a piano rag in the mail). So likewise, my atypical “ragtime” combines several styles into one, and likely owes as much to Prokofiev as it does to Stravinsky (and a touch of jazz). Comedy and violence are forced together throughout this brief piece.