Maple Leaf Rag (McLeod)

From Wind Repertory Project
Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin (arr. James "Red" McLeod)

General Info

Year: 1916 / 1998
Duration: c. 2:05
Original Medium: Piano
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kendor Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print & digital) - $11.95


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV


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Program Notes

Celebrating the enduring popularity of Scott Joplin's most famous ragtime tune, this setting calls upon all players to make meaningful melodic contributions. In addition, modulations in key are used effectively to keep players focused and enhance the dramatic impression this work makes on listeners.

-- Program Note from publisher

The Maple Leaf Rag (copyright registered on September 18, 1899) is an early ragtime musical composition for piano composed by Scott Joplin. It was one of Joplin's early works, and became the model for ragtime compositions by subsequent composers. It is one of the most famous of all ragtime pieces. As a result, Joplin became dubbed the "King of Ragtime" by his contemporaries. T

The Maple Leaf Rag is associated with the city of Sedalia, Missouri, although there is no record of Joplin having a permanent residence there before 1904. Joplin arrived in Sedalia in 1894 as a touring musician and played as a solo musician at dances and at the major black clubs in Sedalia, among them the Maple Leaf Club. It is possible that the rag was named after the Maple Leaf Club, although there is no direct evidence to prove the link, and there were probably many other possible sources for the name in and around Sedalia at the time.

Despite ragtime's decline after Joplin's death in 1917, the Maple Leaf Rag continued to be recorded by many well-known artists. The ragtime revival of the 1970s brought it back to mainstream public notice once again.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


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