Joplin Complete Rags for Piano (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1998/8/1
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(Piano). American popular music at its classical best! This is a complete edition of these wonderful piano pieces, all newly engraved. 42 of Joplin's most famous rags in one comprehensive collection. Contents: Bethena (Ragtime Waltz) * A Breeze from Alabama * The Cascades * The Chrysanthemum * Country Club * The Easy Winners * Elite Syncopations * The Entertainer * Eugenia * Euphonic Sounds * The Favorite * Felicity Rag * Fig Leaf Rag * Gladiolus Rag * Heliotrope Bouquet * Kismet Rag * Leola * Lily Queen * Magnetic Rag * Maple Leaf Rag * The Nonpareil * Original Rags * Palm Leaf Rag * Paragon Rag * Peacherine Rag * Pine Apple Rag * Pleasant Moments (Ragtime Waltz) * Rag Time Dance * Reflection Rag * Rose Leaf Rag * Scott Joplin's New Rag * Search-Light Rag * Solace * Something Doing * Stoptime Rag * The Strenuous Life * Sugar Cane Rag * Sun Flower Slow Drag * Swipesy * The Sycamore * Wall Street Rag * Weeping Willow
About the book itself. It looks great, with a classy old-style look. It's quality made. It's heavy enough that it stays open on the piano with a simple clothes pin. And it's large enough to read. My son wanted actual Scott Joplin music, not arrangements, and from what I can tell, these are the real deal.
This Joplin Complete Rags by Schirmer has 42 rags (43 if you include the School of Ragtime exercises). Great book I highly recommend. It comes in a spiral bound or non-spiral bound. I purchased the spiral bound for a few more dollars to save the headache of having pages close while playing and it eliminates the need for a Boston clip to hold pages open. If the seller does not specifically say that it is the spiral bound, or professional edition,o
I bought this Schirmer book of complete rags because I already own all of his other works of waltzes, etc. However, if I did not already own his other works in various other collections I have I would have not bought this Schirmer book and purchased "Scott Joplin -- Complete Piano Works: Rags, Waltzes, Marches" which has all his rags, waltzes, original works, collaborative works, miscellaneous works (including Sensation and Silver Swan Rag). That is by far the most complete Joplin book available that I know of and I cannot find any pieces whatsoever not included in that edition.
Recommendation: If you want just the rags and not ALL of Joplin's works, then this Schirmer book is awesome. However, if you want all of his works in one book, "Scott Joplin -- Complete Piano Works: Rags, Waltzes, Marches " is the best collection out there. I do not see any missing pieces in that collection and every other collection I have seen has at least a few missing pieces.
Content - Even more fantastic than Schirmer's legendary quality. A whopping set of 42 Joplin rags! The pieces also come with the original tempo markings Joplin made ("Not too fast" for the Peacherine Rag) and the dates which the rags were composed/written. The collection even contains Joplin's rhythm exercises to practice with.
Conclusion - A fine collection of rags by the father of ragtime. Worth every penny.
A tip for playing rags: The left hand for most rags are similar. Practice the 'bouncing' between chords first. Once you get that under control, it comes down to reading the melody in the right hand. Not too hard!