|Arranged by:||John Roache|
Here is Scott Joplin's "Wall Street Rag" published in 1909 by Seminary
Music Co of New York. Six Joplin numbers were published this year, all
by Seminary. Joplin had just moved to New York from St. Louis and
married his 3rd wife Lottie. His compositions during this time were
all excellent and "Wall Street" is one of my favorites. During this
time Joplin was writing his opera "Treemonisha". I think "Wall Street"
reflects Joplin's operatic mood. Unlike any of his other ragtime
compositions, the four strains of Wall Street have descriptive
headings which accurately convey the moods of the music. They are:
Strain 1 - "Panic in Wall Street, Brokers feeling melancholy".
Strain 2 - "Good times coming"
Strain 3 - "Good times have come"
Strain 4 - "Listening to the strains of genuine negro ragtime, brokers forget their cares".
This is ragtime taken to a higher level.
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