Spring began as a rag march. In my mind that is what I thought I wanted, but it turned into a waltz with a rag feel, at least for me. Consequently, it is structured like a rag but plays like a waltz. I enjoyed playing this piece; it made me feel fresh, anew.
When I say it was structured like a rag, I mean that generally the beginning rags consisted of repeated three or four parts. An introduction by Trebor Jay Tichenor in the book, Ragtime Rediscoveries, stated:
Speaking about rags, “This concept is non-developmental in the classical sense, and unlike jazz, which evolves from improvisation on a theme. Within this discipline, ragtime composers continued to find ways to express themselves. The sound of a rag may vary from the formality of a Missouri classic to the bouncing rhythm of a fox-trot. It was new music, a purely American concoction of formal and folk traditions. It expressed the imagination and dynamism of turn-of-the-century America, when the country was young and adventuresome in spirit.”