Still in process - I have just obtained a delightful Petrof 9'3"
Mistral grand, and have been reworking the Joplin cycle. I have
contracted with two D.C. area singers to record vocals in September
Little Black Baby (F)
Please Say You Will (M)
Picture of Her Face (M)
Maple Leaf Rag (M)
When Your Hair is Like the Snow (F)
Sarah Dear (M)
Pine Apple Rag Song (?)
Still uncertain about doing Pickaninny, although for completeness I
think I may give it a try, getting some indication of current
temperature of such a piece from the singers.
Wasn't planning on recording either the arrangements or vocals for
them. Not sure either on A Real Slow Drag since that has been done
quite a bit, and I would have to hire a small ensemble.
The goal is to do a different kind of "complete" Joplin, which
balances between original scores and playing styles from that era. I
am also considering, seeing how space works out on this, interpreting
the piano rolls with dynamics, as I have done for some other "hand-
played" rolls of the era, but I will be looking at opinions on this,
and space as well, since interpretive is, well, so subjective.
I am taking this very seriously since I want to approach this material
correctly the first time around, and have been using some of your
material in print to conceptualize how to do this.
I will gladly share results when they are in an editable state, if you
Thanks for your time and collective efforts, part of which have
motivated me in this direction over the past few years.
SYNCerely, Bill Edwards