Entertainer, The (arr Reed)

From Wind Repertory Project
Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin (arr. Alfred Reed)

Subtitle: A Ragtime Two-Step

General Info

Year: 1902 / 1974
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $2.95

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Condensed Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Entertainer is a 1902 piano rag written by Scott Joplin. One of the classics of ragtime, it returned to international prominence as part of the ragtime revival in the 1970s, when it was used as the theme music for the 1973 Oscar-winning film The Sting. Composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch's adaptation reached #3 on the Billboard pop chart and spent a week at #1 on the easy listening chart in 1974. The Sting was set in the 1930s, a full generation after the end of ragtime's mainstream popularity, thus giving the inaccurate impression that ragtime music was popular at that time.

The Recording Industry Association of America ranked it #10 on its "Songs of the Century" list.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Rhode Island (North Kingston) Wind Ensemble (Robert Franzblau, conductor) - 28 June 2023
  • Swarthmore (Penn.) College Wind Ensemble (Andrew Hauze, conductor) – 14 April 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Charles Buck III, conductor) – 27 August 2013

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