Hoosac Tunnel Rag
Uploaded on Oct 14, 2017
This is the first original one of these I've done in a long while...
On an interesting side note, I was able to notice while composing this piece exactly which pieces I was borrowing "inspiration"/actual snippets from. Just a few examples:
The introduction is based on George Cobb's "Javanola."
The first strain resembles a piece I listened to several times called "Hop Lee -- A Chinese Intermezzo."
The contrary-motion tritone motif was inspired by Cobb's "Broken China."
The second strain has a motif similar to one in my own piece "Dancing Pines."
The trio seems to be some combination of the French folk song "Alouette" and my previous "Polka-Mazurka-Rag."
The one 3/4 measure came from a similar spot in "Midnight Sleighride," a jazz version of Prokofiev's "Troika." (In "Midnight Sleighride," the ensemble is instructed to yell "Hoi!" during the second beat of the 3/4.)
I can't remember which, but I know I heard something similar to the ending of the trio in a Sousa march.
The Hoosac Tunnel both begins and ends in Massachusetts, but did you know that much of it actually runs beneath Florida? (Florida, Massachusetts, that is.)
Update 12/9/2017: Cleaned score so that it can be played.
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