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.” 




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