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Joplin Book Recommendations #2859159
06/16/19 12:44 PM
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Jason Lenthe Offline OP
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I'm looking for recommendations for a good Joplin book of the original music (nothing watered down or "enhanced"). Suggested fingerings are OK, but not necessary. Ideally it would be something that lies flat as well, so I wouldn't have to make photocopies of specific sheets. I'm only interested in rags (not songs, opera, and the other stuff).

I've become skeptical of what's out there recently when I realized my old ragtime book has a version of The Entertainer which is slightly watered down in a few places. Any favorites you'd like to recommend?

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Re: Joplin Book Recommendations [Re: Jason Lenthe] #2859323
06/16/19 07:29 PM
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"Scott Joplin: Complete Piano Works" basically has everything.

Hrm. Top 5 rags is tough, but my top 5 for this 5 minutes is:

* Magnetic Rag
* The Easy Winners
* Solace
* Gladiolus Rag
* Pine Apple Rag


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Re: Joplin Book Recommendations [Re: Jason Lenthe] #2859583
06/17/19 01:22 PM
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As per Whizbang my favourites change, but at the moment they are:

The Cascades
Elite Syncopations
Solace
Sunflower Slow Drag

Cheers


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Re: Joplin Book Recommendations [Re: Jason Lenthe] #2863184
06/27/19 01:54 AM
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I agree, the New York Public Library edition of "Complete Works of Scott Joplin" is the one to get. As far as his piano rags go, it is the last word.

However, there is another work: his 'ragtime opera,' "Treemonisha." When I bought this book in hardcover some 40 years back, it was put out by the same publisher. In the present century, there are some recordings online of, at least, excerpts.

So, favorites. I like
Pineapple Rag
Solace
Bethena
Peacherine Rag


Clef

Re: Joplin Book Recommendations [Re: Jason Lenthe] #2863565
06/28/19 10:24 AM
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I have the Dover edition of 'Complete Piano Rags.' Such things as Solace are not included, but I have that in another book (not dedicated to Scott Joplin works)
current favourites (well, probably):
- Palm Leaf Rag
- Pineapple Rag
- The Easy Winners
- Eugenia
- Swipesy (nice start point, falls easily under the fingers....)
but tbh they are all good to play although with varying degrees of difficulty.


regards
Pete

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