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Super Mario Athlete's Rag Air Platform sight-read; Tom Brier

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Uploaded on Aug 12, 2008

If you've seen my other videos of Tom sight-reading videogame ragtime sheet music that I've put in front of him, this video should come as no surprise to you.

I had not yet finished correcting the awful score that is available online for this tune (I did put it into the correct time signature, but it still has some really funky chords and other problems), nevertheless I put a copy of it as it stands in front of my amazingly talented friend Tom Brier this weekend.

This was the result.

Tom is a highly regarded pianist and sight-reader in the ragtime community. I have other videos of him you can find (and more to come) which will give you an idea why.

There are so many amateur pianists out there playing these rags from video games, but I thought it would be nice to see what a pianist who specializes in ragtime music would make of them.

This tune is by Koji Kondo (近藤浩治) and is one of the most famous tunes of all music from Nintendo video games. It first was used in Super Mario World, though I didn't know that at the time I made this video! "Athletic Theme" simply refers to the type of game levels on which it was heard.

I still haven't cleaned up the score completely. Here it is as Tom was reading it -- no repeats, some questionable chords, etc.

http://www.keeper1st.com/music/athlet...

I have a web page now with a lot of other VGM and TV show sheet music: http://www.keeper1st.com/music/vgm.html

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