(Mottled) Penny Rag
Uploaded on May 30, 2016
This is actually the second rag I ever composed - the first is my Improv Rag, which you can listen to in https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2317231. IMO, this is better than the Improv Rag - the Improv Rag borrows somewhat heavily from Joplin's The Entertainer-era rags, while this probably borrows a little from his Magnetic Rag (especially structure-wise)...
...and the chord sequence and half of the melodic outline of Bars 11-12 were taken from Gershwin's Rialto Ripples.
(And Bar 9 sounds like it came straight out of Koji Kondo's music...)
I called this the Penny Rag back when all I composed were the first 2 strains, but when I listen to it now, the penny's pretty mottled, and the name Penny Rag sounds too small for it. I'm not entirely comfortable with calling it the Mottled Penny Rag, though, so the word Mottled is in parentheses.
I find that a favourite device of mine is to reuse the melody ad verbatim but change the harmonies underneath - this appears in the introduction right off the bat, but be substantially more aware of the A strain's second appearance near the end of the piece - its harmonies are quite a bit sourer the second time around.
By the way, fake the arpeggio in Bar 61 as necessary. Use the damper pedal, don't hold down certain notes, do what you have to - just make sure you hit all the notes.
This probably doesn't have all the slurs, articulation, and dynamics it could - if you have any ideas for these, comment away!
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