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Gladiolus Rag

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Published on Mar 16, 2011

Gladiolus Rag (1907) written by Scott Joplin, performed by Gerard Costello.

This piece was the inspiration for the band name Gladeolas, which is intentionally misspelt for other reasons...

The piece is a Classical Ragtime (Intro A A B B A Trio Trio D D) piano piece written by Joplin during his zenith when Ragtime was at its most popular. Joplin's music would have been heard in whorehouses and saloons, it was not 'up market' music, though Joplin desired that it should be.

This interpretation embodies the intentions of Joplin to play Ragtime at a moderate tempo. This allows the listener to truly appreciate the complex chord changes and melodies weaving through the piece without being distracted by an ostentatious display given by performers who choose to play fast.

"This closely follows the sound of the "Maple Leaf Rag," especially in the A and B sections. A comparison of the two reveals the change in Scott Joplin's writing style. It has a grand air about it. Section C produces the most unusual harmonies, which enlarge the scope of this fine work. As in "Search Light Rag," this D section harks back to the ebullient ending." - D.A.Jasen, 'Ragtime: An Encyclopedia, Discography, and Sheetography' (2007) pp. 80.

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