Ragtime Composition Notes

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Taxi-Rag (Jean-Baptiste Lafrenière, 1911). "Taxi-Rag" is one of five rags written by the "national Strauss" of Canada, Jean-Baptiste Lafrenière (1874-1912). It was published in 1911, only a year before Lafrenière died of tuberculosis. His music has been recorded and is being frequently performed by the Canadian female pianist, Mimi Blais.

Teke (Roaming) Rag (Tamás Ittzés, 1986). "Teke Rag" was composed in Kecskemét, Hungary in April 1986 by the Hungarian composer, Tamás Ittzés. It's a pleasant piece written in the classic ragtime style.

Temptation Rag (Henry Lodge, 1909). This rag was published in 1909 by a white composer named Henry Lodge. "Temptation Rag" is a piece based on aspects of slave folklore. It was one of those very rare rags to enter into the jazz-band repertoire, and, as early as 1915, Sidney Bechet played it in the Storyville bistros and cabarets of New Orleans.

Testosterone (Hamish Davidson, 2001). Let's just say I wrote this rag in memory of all the exotic animals which sacrificed their tusks for veneers on our piano keys. Loyal to the title of the piece, I have experimented with different ways to really make the piano *grunt*. The A Part came with little effort, but I had to really explore my imagination to find B and C Parts with the same degree of libido. The B Part unfolds in a logical fashion, and anticipation sustained throughout the C Part until the end of the piece. In the C Part, I have 'borrowed' a snippet from the soundtrack of "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." If you have seen this movie, you will understand that the reference is quite appropriate. [Hamish Davidson]

That Strange Rag (Gilles Monfort, 1998). "That Strange Rag" is Gilles Monfort's first serious composition in ragtime. The formula is typical of a classic ragtime two-step (AABBACC), but in this piece the composer also attempted to utilize somewhat surprising modulations.

There's a Bird at My Window (Hay un Pájaro en Mi Ventana) (Ezequiel Pallejá, 1985). As I was writing this composition, I was impressed by a bird that was singing at the window. The original working title was "There's a bird at my window preventing me from concentrating on my computer work". [Ezequiel Pallejá]

Thriller! Rag, The (May Francis Aufderheide, 1909). May Francis Aufderheide was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 21, 1888, the daughter of a successful German-American pawnbroker and his wife. She studied classical piano and as a young woman was well-known as a pianist in the Indianapolis area.

She also loved popular music and rags, and in the short span of less than a decade (from 1908 to about 1915) she wrote and published around 20 compositions, of which seven were rags. Her father formed the John H. Aufderheide publishing company expressly to publish his daughter's compositions. "The Thriller! Rag" is the second of these seven, dating from 1909, and is probably her best-known work.

In 1908, May married Thomas M. Kaufman, who first attempted a career as an architect, but then joined his father-in-law in the loan/pawnbroker business. Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman had an adopted daughter, Lucy (May's only child). They moved to Pasadena, California, in 1947, where May Aufderheide Kaufman died on September 1, 1972.

Tickled Pink (William Rowland, 1974). "Tickled Pink" was written for our second daughter, Leslie Dawn Rowland when she was born in 1974. It won the 1975 Scott Joplin Festival Ragtime Composition Contest, and was published in Rudi Blesh's "Ragtime Current" in 1976, along with the other winners and rags from other contemporary composers. It is now out of print. [William Rowland]

Tionde April - Two Step (Theodor Pinet, 1911). Theodor Pinet (1875-1968) was better known for his many Boston waltzes, but he also wrote a number of other dance pieces, including some two-steps and one-steps. "Tionde April", meaning "April the 10th", was published in 1911 by Abraham Lundquists förlag and is dedicated to Mrs. Oscar af Ström.

Titti - One-Step (Adolf Englund, 1915). "Titti" is a raggy one-step, with a wonderfully syncopated A section. It was published in 1915 by Elkan & Schildknecht, Emil Carelius, Stockholm.

Toots (Felix Arndt, 1915). "Toots" was written by the famous piano roll artist and composer of "Nola", Felix Arndt. It was published in 1915 by G. Ricordi & Co., New York, and is reproduced in Dave Jasen's "Ragtime Jubilee".

Totally Different Rag, A (May Francis Aufderheide, 1910). What did May Aufderheide introduce that was "totally different" in this rag? Ragtime historians Dave Jasen and Trebor Tichenor believe that "the title is descriptive of the unusual melodic construction of section B, achieved partially by suspended 4ths, another feature of Ohio Valley rags after 1908." The B section is distinctive both melodically and rhythmically and is repeated again for emphasis at the very end. This return of B is a bit unusual in the typical rag format, but Aufderheide had already used a similiar structure for "Richmond Rag" (1908). The complete form for this rags is: AA BB CC B.

Transatlantic - Two Step (Sigurd Carlson, 1910). An early example of a Swedish two-step. Written by Sigurd Carlson, who also wrote many one-steps, Boston waltzes and other popular tunes, this piece was published in 1910 by Dahlströms musikförlag, Stockholm.

Turn of the Century (William Rowland, 1998). "Turn of the Century" was written in 1998 for our grandchildren, Jessica Lauryn and Jacob Spencer Duncan, and the title could be considered timely now or 100 years ago when Ragtime was in its infancy. [William Rowland]

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