Ragtime #1: Kiwi Rag


About this sheet music

Wind Quintet Arrangement Here: http://musescore.com/arthurbreur/ragtime-1-kiwi-rag-arranged-for-wind-quintet
Updated January 30, 2014: had left a measure out of the transition from section B back to section A.
An upbeat 8-bar rag with lots of personality—and very fun to play! I composed this shortly after the Kiwi Theme.

Format: Composition

Comments (24)

arthurbreur's picture

Thank you, Aston!

Theamateurmarchcomposer's picture

Well, the piece is nice so I only do my duty ;D

The Oboist's picture

This is so happy and bouncy! I love kiwi, and in fact started Kiwi Appreciation Day (March 1st).

arthurbreur's picture

Thanks! This was derived from The Kiwi Theme, which might be suitable for Kiwi Appreciation Day as well: http://musescore.com/arthurbreur/scores/78063

Monday's picture

Wonderful! :D

Pensive's picture

That's excentrically awesome! I hadn't listened to rags with such sophisticated harmonies. Is see a few weird enharmonic spellings, but that's just a stupid detail.

arthurbreur's picture

Thanks, Albert. Some of the time, I notate chords the way I THINK of them, rather than according to the key that I'm in. You'll see this a lot in the sonata (http://musescore.com/user/45359/sets/91153); often I will think of a chord as an E-major chord, rather than an F-flat-major chord, and I end up notating the music that way. To ME it makes more sense to think of it that way and notate it that way, but I know I've had a few people ask about that choice.

Pensive's picture

I guess it's just part of my musical approach, as I analyze every work while sightreading it. It's kind of 2nd nature to me. And if I need to learn something I'll memorize that analysis. That's why I don't undertstand the presence of G# in the context of Eb major. But that's just me being very anal retentive.

arthurbreur's picture

It's mostly my wanting to avoid double flats and double sharps, probably. Would you like an enharmonic version?

The Music Guy's picture

It's exiting, thrilling, and as soon as it started, all I could do was smile!:D
Epic piece!

arthurbreur's picture

Thank you very much! It makes me smile every time I play it. (Although there's one spot in the third section I find I have to practice again--I just can't play one part of the left hand all of a sudden! I'm not smiling about THAT! I've been playing this piece for DECADES!)

arthurbreur's picture

I made some minor performance marking updates to the score today.

Super_Beethoven's picture

Nice rag man! Btw, kiwi bird or kiwi fruit?

arthurbreur's picture

Thank you! I do have a short theme that is about the kiwi fruit, but I've always pictured the ragtime (which was derived from that other theme) being the bird. I'd probably have titled it the "Kiwi Fruit Rag" otherwise. If you watch the video score you'll see that I chose pictures of the bird to accompany the recording!

mindbomber's picture

love it like the harmonics i checked out your youtube video its awesome

arthurbreur's picture

I plan on doing more YouTube videos and some video scores, but I'm focusing on practicing for a concert in November--my first in more than 20 years. That and getting all my music into MuseScore format are my priorities. --and THANK YOU for the compliment!

FunkyScores17's picture

Amazing! I love it!

MattPribel's picture

What a unique rag - it's wonderful! I like the harmonies the modulations and your fantastic recording on soundcloud.

arthurbreur's picture

Thank you for the wonderful compliment! I'm eager to do a new recording—that was composed and performed on an old Gulbransen upright in 1985/86. It still amazes me that I composed that piece in high school nearly three decades past!

RAJ Thum's picture

very enjoyable!

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Uploaded Oct 3, 2012
Pages 2
Duration 1:54
Measures 60
Key signature 3 flats
Parts 1
Part names
  • Piano
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