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Charles Mathews

Charles Mathews: Ragtime for Dance CD

 

  • Made popular by Kenneth MacMillan’s 1974 ballet Elite Syncopations, ragtime has enjoyed a strong relationship with dance, both in the studio and on the stage. Its syncopated rhythms and energetic pulse make it perfect for tendus, glissés, frappés and a variety of jumps, as well as music for other forms of dance, such as tap, modern, contemporary and more.
    Here is a collection of rags by a variety of composers, including James Scott, Joseph Lamb, and of course, Scott Joplin. In this collection, you will find fast rags, medium rags, slow rags and even a couple of ragtime waltzes, which are unusual in that they are in 3/4 time, but feature the same syncopated rhythms that are a hallmark of the much more common 2/4 or 4/4 rag. Every piece has been edited into even phrases of 8 so that they will fit into any dance class or choreography project with ease. The piano used is a Steinway D Concert Grand.

  • Track 1 - DESECRATION
    Felix Arndt
    Track 2 - RAG SENTIMENTAL
    James Scott
    Track 3 - ELITE SYNCOPATIONS
    Scott Joplin
    Track 4 - PIANOFLAGE
    Roy Bargy
    Track 5 - THE ENTERTAINER
    Scott Joplin
    Track 6 - THE SUFFRAGETTE WALTZ
    James Scott
    Track 7 - MAPLE LEAF RAG
    Scott Joplin
    Track 8 - THE EASY WINNERS
    Scott Joplin
    Track 9 - MAGNETIC RAG
    Scott Joplin
    Track 10 - PLEASANT MOMENTS
    Scott Joplin
    Track 11 - PARAGON RAG
    Scott Joplin
    Track 12 - KINKLETS
    Arthur Marshall
    Track 13 - FIG LEAF RAG
    Scott Joplin
    Track 14 - THE CASCADES
    Scott Joplin
    Track 15 - PROSPERITY RAG
    James Scott
    Track 16 - TOP LINER RAG
    Joseph Lamb