Elite Syncopations

From Wind Repertory Project
Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin (arr. David J. Long)

General Info

Year: 1902 / 2000
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Ragtime piano
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $18.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Return to the early days of truly American music with this adaptation of the Scott Joplin ragtime piano classic Elite Syncopations. Playful interplay between the brass and woodwinds with tasteful percussion make this arrangement a delight.

- Program Note from publisher

Elite Syncopations is a 1902 ragtime piano composition by American composer Scott Joplin, originally published in 1903 by John Stark & Son. One of his more popular works, it is one of a handful of Joplin's rags for which he recorded a piano roll. The cover of the original sheet music prominently features a well-dressed man and lady sitting on a treble staff, looking down upon a cherub clutching a cymbal in each hand, which reflects plainly the title of the piece.

In 1974, the British Royal Ballet, under director Kenneth MacMillan, created the ballet Elite Syncopations based on tunes by Joplin and other composers of the era.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Fletcher Ferrara, conductor) – 18 June 2019
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 15 October 2017

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