Basic Ragtime

Basic Ragtime : Score and parts

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Basic Ragtime is a collection of short movements for a small group of string players and piano. I collected them together at the request of Rodney Lister, for a performance at the New England Conservatorium in Boston. Numbers II, III, VI, and VII had been written, or sketched, some years previously as gifts for the dedicatees, and their names - in cipher - provided some of the pitch material. This procedure was also followed in number V, but not in the other sections, which draw material from works already familiar to the students: the second of the Dvorak Bagatelles Op.47 and the first movement of Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik KV 525. I added number VIII in 2013 in memory of Richard Rodney Bennett. Scott Joplin's injunction 'not to play ragtime too fast' is also to be followed here. The resultant sound-world should seem elegant and sedate rather than raucous in its rhythmic swing; the textures translucent, quite Chopinesque for the piano.
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  • Sheet music | 64 pages
  • 215 x 295 x 8mm | 218g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193388995
  • 9780193388994

About Michael Finnissy

Michael Finnissy was born in Tulse Hill, London in 1946 and studied at the Royal College of Music. He later studied in Italy with Roman Vlad. He went on to create the music department of the London School of Contemporary Dance, and has been associated as composer with many notable British dance companies. He has also been musician in residence to the Victorian College of the Arts, the City of Caulfield in Australia, and the East London Late Starters Orchestra. In
1999 he was made Professor of Composition at the University of Southampton.
Finnissy has been featured composer at the Bath, Huddersfield and Almeida festivals, amongst others, and his works are widely performed and broadcast worldwide. Recordings are available on various labels, notably NMC and Metier; the latter has released a cycle of CDs to great critical acclaim.
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