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Seelie Rag


Uploaded on Nov 2, 2016

I actually composed this rag before the Simplicity Rag (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2807581), but I've been reluctant to publish this. It actually sounds halfway between ragtime and jazz piano, despite being structured like a rag. It's extravagant, it's highly complex, it rarely uses the typical ragtime accompaniment, its phrasing is offbeat at times, it's hard to read and harder to play without listening to it ad nauseam...

...It's highly beautiful at times, and that's probably the reason why I'm publishing it.

This is called the Seelie Rag as a sort of companion piece to the Unseelie Rag (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2612441)--like the Unseelie Rag, this has 1 sharp in its key signature and focuses on fast flurries of notes, but unlike the Unseelie Rag, it is in G major (instead of E minor) and has a significantly slower tempo. This fits the Scottish belief that the Seelie consists of fairies who are actually considerate towards humans (though they are not always kind).

Play all notes exactly as written rhythm-wise. No exceptions. It doesn't matter that the maximum-notes-per-minute of this rag approaches the Unseelie Rag's.

One more thing--use pedal whenever you play an arpeggiated chord involving 6 or more notes in one hand. I've played the intro (which contains one such chord), so pulling those chords off that way is possible.

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

rag ragtime jazz piano fairy fairies beat subdivision

Pages 7
Duration 4:03
Measures 111
Key signature 1 sharp
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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Fun and upbeat, well written. Great dynamics, too.
I know you said to play all notes exactly as written, rhythm wise. But it would make it a lot easier to read if you set this to swing sixteenth notes. It would sound exactly the same, because swing just means every eighth note on the beat gets 2/3 of a beat, and every eighth note off the beat gets 1/3 of the beat. You can alter it in settings so that it applies to sixteenths not eighths, or even rewrite the whole thing in 2/2 cut time with each note value doubled, but that sounds like way too much work. :P
Just a suggestion.

Cool rag ! Bravo ! You amaze me all the time with your compositions !
I'll try to change the score to be more readable (for me).
Keep it up !
-Hugo