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The Other Ragtime March


Uploaded on Aug 9, 2016

According to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IST0BBnrmwM, the name "The Ragtime March" is taken, so this is "The Other Ragtime March".

After listening to so many "March and Two-Step" ragtime pieces, I started wondering--how come they're not in march form? So I was determined to write a rag in march form.

It started sounding more and more like a march. Is a piece like this, perhaps, how John Philip Sousa would write rags? That this is in the easiest of concert band keys (and a fairly common ragtime key), B flat major, makes this sound even more like a march.

I suspect I took the theme in Bars 38-43 from somewhere else, but I can't remember the tune's name. Do any of you recognize it and can name it? Please write a comment with its name if you do, and I'll edit the description with it!

...I later found out that there is a rag in a form similar to mine, complete with breakstrains, called Popularity. As shown in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irkYGvSPuro, it is by George Cohan and it was published in 1906. ...I don't think I come up with much innovation in ragtime that hasn't already been covered.

(Structure: Intro-A-A-B-B-C-D-C-D-C)

rag ragtime march march form military march form

Pages 4
Duration 01:49
Measures 71
Key signature 2 flats
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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if i make a rag ill name it "The second other ragtime march"
HOW. THE. HECK. is anyone expected to be able to play this?????
I admit that my later pieces tend to be pretty difficult to play, and the fact that I'm transcribing other pieces with similarly difficult passages doesn't help. With that being said, Chopin's Heroic Polonaise has similarly fast left hand octave passages, yet the performance in the Youtube audio source of https://musescore.com/classicman/scores/55757 and Evgeny Kissin's performance both pull off those octave passages successfully! If you can play Chopin's Heroic Polonaise, then you can play this... ...the Heroic Polonaise is dang hard to play, and its octave passages will exhaust you if you're not careful.
Great . best part is measure #30 .... ! Exciting and entertaining! Bravo!!!