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The Silver Swan Ragtime Ensemble

by The Silver Swan Ragtime Ensemble

Classic Ragtime arranged for mandolin, banjo and tuba.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Stinging Bee
3:28 $0.99
2. "Doc" Brown's Cake Walk
3:14 $0.99
3. The Grizzly Bear Rag
3:01 $0.99
4. Silver Swan Rag
4:06 $0.99
5. Panama
5:27 $0.99
6. The Strenuous Life
3:37 $0.99
7. Bohemia
3:31 $0.99
8. Bethena
5:41 $0.99
9. Cleopatra Rag
3:17 $0.99
10. Hyacinth Rag
2:54 $0.99
11. Ronja Rag
3:30 $0.99
12. Wild Cherries
3:43 $0.99
13. Policy King
2:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ragtime: at the end of the Twentieth Century the word conjures up images of overfurnished parlors, quaint and elegant costumes, and upright pianos. Like so many things beheld at a distance, real Ragtime was quite different.

Except for a fleeting reference to Ragtime as ‘shameless music’ in Meredith Wilson’s Broadway show, The Music Man, most people living today are unaware that Ragtime was scandalous in its time. It was regarded by the contemporary arbiters of culture with the same alarm that Rock ‘n Roll inspired in the 1950’s. The reason why illustrates two of the basic paradoxes of American life.

Ragtime arose from the African American culture of the Mississippi Valley and the Deep South. It was absorbed into broader society through saloons and sporting houses up and down the Mississippi. The vibrance of the music was exotic, deeply attractive, and made it the world’s most popular from 1900 to 1920. Like Rock ‘n Roll, it was also Black and profane. Americans have been ambivalent about both for a long time.

Another of our modern perceptions of Ragtime is also mistaken. Although Ragtime was originally composed for, and played on, the piano, it was also performed on nearly every conceivable combination of instruments. Mandolin orchestras, banjo soloists, salon orchestras, brass bands, and guitars are but a few common ways Ragtime was played in the first two decades of the Twentieth Century. In fact, most published sheet music would list the instrumental combinations for which it was arranged. It was not uncommon for a dozen, or more, versions to be available.

In that tradition, The Silver Swan Ragtime Ensemble has taken classic piano rags and arranged them for mandolin, banjo and tuba. Although the ‘Big Three’ of the classic Ragtime composers, Joplin, Scott, and Lamb are well represented, there is a vast world of Ragtime gems beyond the works of these men. Among the cakewalks, Tin Pan Alley Rags, novelty rags, and rags published by regional houses are works of surprising originality and musical quality. It is these that The Silver Swan Ragtime Ensemble especially enjoys performing.



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