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by Ted Tjaden

 

This site was launched on June 6, 2006.

Set out below on this page will be any major additions to the site since that time.

Questions or comments about this site can be emailed to me at owner@ragtimepiano.ca.

Updates:

 





Update #25: What's New as of February 2017
  • A reader of the site helped to confirm that Hero of the Game by George L Cobb was in fact published in 1914 so I updated the entry for that title.


Update #24: What's New as of October 2016
  • I have checked every page and every link on this site, correcting any broken links and making minor improvements, where warranted.



Update #23: What's New as of June 17, 2015

    • The Black Crows: Cake Walk and Two Step. Raymond Miller. Philadelphia, PA: Welch Wilsky, 1899  [view sheet music]
    • Polka Dot: March and Two Step Characteristic. Beth Rudisill. Chicago: Harold Rossiter, 1912 [view sheet music]


Update #22: What's New as of May and June 2015

In May 2015, Michael Mathew has updated his amazing Ragtime Compendium, a massive bibliography of over 16,750 ragtime compositions (a link to his site is also on my Ragtime Sources page).

For the last two months, I have updated every page on this site, fixing broken links and adding new content as follows:
  • I added a new page called "Additional Research Topics" representing a sort of "to do" list for additional research for me to undertake, time permitting.
    • That Whistling Rag. Jospeh Foley. Thorold, ON: Joseph M Foley, 1912 [view sheet music]
    • National Rag. Ethel Schwartz. New Orleans, LA: Ethel Schultz, 1907 [view sheet music]
    • Shiftless Sam: March Two-Step. Carlotta Williamson. Boston, MA: The Colonial Music Publishing Co, 1904 [view sheet music]
    • Honeysuckle: Tango. Charles L Johnson. Chicago: Forster Music Publisher, 1914 [view sheet music]
    • I'll Meet You on the Golden Shore. Charles L Johnson (words by William Clay). Chicago: Forster Music Publisher, 1911 [view sheet music]
    • With You. Charles L Johnson (lyrics by William Clay). Chicago: Forster Music Publisher, 1908  [view sheet music]
    • Bob's Chili Rag. Robert Cleary. Spokane, WA: Robert E Cleary, 1921 [view sheet music]
    • Chocolate Drops: A Darktown Improbability. Harry Von Tilzer. New York: H Von Tilzer Music, 1902 [view sheet music]
    • Chop Suey Rag. Edward Hayne. Chicago, IL: Edward Hayne Music Publishing, 1915 [view sheet music]
    • Dish Rag: Two Step. Floyd Godfrey. Peoria, IL: Chas C Adams & Co, 1909 [view sheet music]
    • Peaches and Cream. Percy Wenrich. New York: Jerome H Remick, 1905 [view sheet music]
    • Ravioli Rag. Frank Lucanese & Charles Lucotti. New York: Jerome H Remick, 1914 [view sheet music]
    • Supper Club. Harry Carroll. New York: Jerome H Remick, 1917 [view sheet music]
    • Saibo: danse caractéristique. Alcide Giroux. Lowell, MA: EL Turcot, 1916 [view sheet music]
    • Kentucky Rosebuds: Cake Walk or One Step. Arthur Lange. New York: Joe Morris Music, 1915 [view sheet music]
    • Bumble: A Characteristic Buzz Two-Step Unique. Will Livernash: Kansas City: Will Livernash, 1907 [view sheet music]
    • The Captive: March and Two Step. David Hawthorne. Boston: The Vinton Music Co, 1909 [view sheet music]
    • Chicken on the Fence. Jacob Henry Ellis. New York: Willis Woodward & Co, 1905 [view sheet music]
    • Gobbler’s Gambol: The New Turkey-Trot. Calvin Grooms. New York: Leo Feist, 1913 [view sheet music]
    • The Horse Trot: American Dance. Uri Davis. New York: Jerome H Remick, 1912 [view sheet music]
    • Day Dreams: Syncopated Waltzes. Maxwell Goldman. St Louis: Buck and Lowney, 1912 [view sheet music]
    • Humoreske: Syncopated Waltzes. Will Morrison. Indianopolis, IN: Warner C Williams,  1915 [view sheet music]
    • Killarney: Syncopated Waltzes. Frank Hoyt Losey. Williamsport, PA: Vandersloot Music Pub, 1912 [view sheet music]
    • That Waltz. Will Morrison. Indianopolis, IN: Warner C Williams,  1914 [view sheet music]
I also added here to Ragtime Waltzes a complete listing of waltzes by Jean-Baptiste Lafrenière that were listed in Ragtime in Québec but inadvertently left off of the list in Ragtime Waltzes.
    • I'd Like to Take a Chance with You George Cobb (words by Jack Yellen). Cleveland, OH: Charles I Davis Music Publisher, 1911  [view sheet music]
    • If I Find Another Boy Like You George Cobb (words by Jack Yellen). Cleveland, OH: Charles I Davis, 1913 [view sheet music]
    • Moonlight Makes Me Lonesome For A Girl Like You. George Cobb (words by Jack Yellen). Cleveland, OH: Charles I Davis Music Publisher, 1908  [view sheet music]
  • On the page of Ragtime Sources I added the following links to free online sheet music for Brazilian tangos:
I also added a link to the following audio site that contains audio files to a number of ragtime compositions:

Update #21: What's New as of April 2014

During late March and early April 2014 I have been slowly working on fixing broken links

Update #20: What's New as of October 20, 2013

I added the following cakewalk provided by Peter Persoff:

Update #19: What's New as of September 19, 2013

I added the following rag / cakewalk provided by Peter Persoff:

Update #18: What's New as of August 1, 2013

I fixed the PDF sheet music for Scott Joplin's Bink's Waltz (here in Scott Joplin: The King of Ragtime Writers).

I have also added the following rags provided by ragtimer Michael Chisolm:

  • Rag-Time Intermezzo by Maxwell Silver (New York: FA Mills, 1900), available here in Rare Rags.
  • Charcoal: A Study in Black - Characteristic March by S. Gibson Cooke (Boston, MA: G.W. Setchell, 1903), available here in Rare Rags.
  • Charcoal Eph by John Harding (Baltimore, MD: Equitable Pub Co, 1903), available here in Rare Rags.

 

Update #17: What's New as of May 23, 2013

Ragtimer Michael Chisolm was kind enough to send me copies of the following three rags each of which have been added to the following pages:

 

Update #16: What's New as of September 10, 2012

After much delay, I have started to fix broken links and reformat pages on this website, as well as update information that was incorrect or out-of-date.

 

Update #15: What's New as of December 28, 2008

  • Andrew Barrett was kind enough to provide digital scans of the following rags, all of which are listed in That American Rag (Jasen and Jones):
  • Blarney Kisses: Characteristic Irish Rag (1911) by Holmes Travis (Chicago, IL: M.L. Carlson), available here in Rare Rags
  • Bunny-Boy: A Ragtime Conceit (1912) by Eric C. Gatty (New York, NY: Joseph W. Stern), available here in Rare Rags
  • Saronoff Rag (1913) by Silvio Hein (New York, NY: T.B. Harms), available here in Rare Rags
  • Satisfied (An Emotional Drag) (1913) by Bruce Raymond (Theron C. Bennett) (Bennett Kreyer Music), available here in Rare Rags [Note: this is an earlier "self-published" version under his pseudonym before Victor Kremer published under the name of Theron C. Bennett in the more widely known version]
  • Shock Rag (1911) by Elmer Olson (Minneapolis, MN: A.W. Pinger), available here in Rare Rags
  • Synchopated Echoes (1920) by Elmer Olson (Los Angeles, CA: W.A. Quincke), available here in Rare Rags
  • Wild-Fire Rag: A Syncopated Rag (1911) by Holmes Travis (Chicago, IL: M.L. Carlson), available here in Rare Rags

Andrew also provided digital scans of the following ragtime era compositions, including two waltzes by ragtime composers:

  • Jakerloo Jazz (1919) by Warren Hasting (London: Francis Day & Hunter), available here in Rare Rags
  • Jazbo: Foxtrot (1915) by Arthur S. Shaw (Chicago, IL: Forster Music), available here in Rare Rags
  • Pickinniny Capers (1912) by Theron Bennett (Springfield MO: Cornelius J Shea), available here in Rare Rags
  • Fragrance of June: Late Hesitation or Boston Waltz by Theron C Bennett (New York: Theron Bennett, 1914), available here in Ragtime Waltzes
  • Red Rose Waltz (1918) by Charley Straight (Chicago, IL: Ted Browne Music Co.), available here in Ragtime Waltzes
  • Fred Heltman: In That American Rag, Jasen and Jones describe Fred Heltman as "Cleveland's foremost ragtime composer" (p. 148) whose Daisy Rag was a success for Sam Fox Publishing. Thereafter, Heltman published his own rags. He was also a composer of songs. The following five rags by Heltman are available online:
  • Daisy Rag (Cleveland, OH: Sam Fox Pub. Co., 1909)

However, I have added (free) sheet music to the following two other rarer Heltman rags, contained in a folio published by Heltman called Six Rags (which contain all of the foregoing except for Daisy Rag):

  • Fred Heltman's Rag (Cleveland, OH: The Fred Heltman Co., 1918), available here in Rare Rags
  • Ring Tum Diddie (Cleveland, OH: Popular Music Publishers, 1912), available here in Rare Rags

All of Heltman's rags are listed in That American Rag.

  • I also added (free) sheet music for the following compositions:
  • Ten Penny Rag: A Driving Hit (1911) by Clarence E. Brandon & Billy Smythe (St. Louis, MO: Brandon & Smythe), available here in Rare Rags and listed in That American Rag
  • Sphinx Rag (1912) by Leon Carroll (San Francisco, CA: Sphinx Pub. Co.), available here in Rare Rags - check out the wonderful cover
  • When Oscar Played the Flute (1912) by George L. Cobb (Buffalo, NY: H.C. Weasner & Co.), available here in the Rags of George L. Cobb

 

Update #14: What's New as of September 14, 2008

  • Further to my last update, I obtained a copy of Au pôle nord: Two step (1909 by) Jéan-Baptiste Lafrenière (available here in Ragtime Music in Quebec) from Montréal qui chante (Vol. 2, no 7) (10 octobre 1909) with the hope that I had uncovered a rare composition by him (since I found no reference to it in any of his standard bibliographies). Alas, the piece is identical music to Lafrenière's Silly-Ass (1907) (available here). As such, it appears he merely republished the same music under a different title and with a different publisher. Although I am disappointed to have not been the (re)discoverer of an unknown or note widely-known composition, Au pôle nord: Two step does raise some questions:
  • The piece is dedicated to Captain Bernier and the crew of the "Arctic." Bernier was a Canadian explorer (1852-1934) who led a number of expeditions by ship to Canada's north. Did Bernier pay Lafrenière for the piece (I assume not) or was it merely a patriotic gesture by Lafrenière? Perhaps Lafrenière's orchestra played at the dock at one of the launches of the "Arctic."
  • Did Lafrenière get paid separately for this piece? Was it well known that he was repackaging Silly Ass as Au pole nord?
  • I have also added the sheet music to the following rag, which is listed in That American Rag:
  • Sweet Pickles: Characteristic Two-Step (1907) by Theron C. Bennett (listed by Jasen and Jones by his pseudonym, George E. Florence), available here in Rare Rags and here in Ragtime and Food
  • I also added the sheet music to seven of Herbert Ingraham's instrumentals, all from 1909:
  • Nicest, Sweetest, Cutest Rag (1909), available here in Rare Rags
  • Dale Hadley of California was kind enough to send me a color copy of Love-Tree Waltzes (1908) by ragtime composer Charlotte Blake, availabe here in Ragtime Waltzes and here in Women Composers of Ragtime. I encourage other readers to send me any public domain, rare ragtime instrumentals.

Update #13: What's New as of June 14, 2008 [top]

  • I added a new essay called "Ragtime Music in Quebec" (Featuring the Rags and Compositions of Jéan-Baptiste Lafrenière and other Ragtime-Era Compositions Published in Québec). The National Library of Quebec has done a wonderful thing by digitizing Le Pass Temps, a French language musical periodical/newspaper than ran from 1895 to 1945. This periodical published most of the compositions of Jéan-Baptiste Lafrenière. As such, my essay contains the sheet music for all 43 known publications of Jéan-Baptiste Lafrenière and I hope to add a 44th shortly by requesting a print copy of Au pôle nord: Two step from 1909 by Jéan-Baptiste Lafrenière which is a composition not ordinarily included in most listings of his compositions).

In addition, I also include a listing of 143 other ragtime-era compositions published in Quebec, 106 of which include the full-text sheet music (for free). Of these, 3 pieces included "rag" in the title (Some Rag: A Real Live One by Willie Eckstein, Chewing Rag by Alcide Giroux, and Rag Tags Rag by Harry Thomas) and many others are two-steps or syncopated marches that fall within the ragtime tradition. Some of the more interesting or prolific composers included are Alcide Giroux, Willie Eckstein, Otto Zimmerman, Wilfrid Beaudry, Joseph Dumas, Louis-Napoleono Guilbart, Fernand Heintz, Samuel Duguay and Leon Dequin; for these composers, I include brief biographical comments.

  • I added the sheet music for the following 4 rare rags that are not otherwise published or easily available online and all of which are listed in Jasen and Jones, That American Rag:
  • Borneo Rag: An Oriental Pastime (1911) by Neil Moret (i.e., Charles N. Daniels), available here in Rare Rags
  • Rag Baby Mine (1913) by George Botsford, available here in Rare Rags
  • The Yankee Doodle Rag (1911) by Garfield Wilson, available here in Rare Rags

 

Update #12: What's New as of March 21, 2008  [top]

  • I added the sheet music for the following 8 rare rags that are not otherwise published or easily available online and all of which are listed in Jasen and Jones, That American Rag:
  • Black & White Rag (1908) by George Botsford, available here in Rare Rags
  • Carnation: Ragtime Two Step (1903) by Clyde D. Douglass, available here in Rare Rags
  • Hot House Rag (1914) by Paul Pratt, available here in Rare Rags
  • Rig-A-Ma-Role Rag (1910) by Edwin F. Kendall, available here in Rare Rags
  • Sponge: Two Step (1911) by W.C. Simon, available here in Rare Rags
  •  I added the sheet music for Razzazza Mazzazza: An Extravaganza (1906) by Arthur Prior, available here in Rare Rags
  • I added links to the following sheet music from the wonderful website called IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana (thanks to Luigi Ranalli for pointing out the site) (most of these rags are extremely rare; those listed in That American Rag are marked "TAR"):
  • Mosquito Bites (TAR). Edwin F. Kendall. New York, NY: Seminary Music, 1907 (available here)
  • Pigeon Walk. James V. Monaco. New York: Broadway Music, 1914 (available here)
  • The Race Horse Rag: Two Step (TAR). Mike Bernard. Philadelphia, PA: Jos. Morris, 1911 (available here)
  • The Bachelor's Waltz. Freida Aufderheide. Indianapolis, IN: Carlin and Lennox, 1909 (available here)
  • Clothilda: A March Two Step. Julia L. Niebergall. Indianapolis, IN: Carlin & Lennox, 1905 (available here)
  • In the Heart of Dixie: Characteristic March and Two Step. Lenora Searles Hawes. Fort Wayne, IN: C.C. Powell, 1903 (available here)
  • Jolly Crowd. Lizzie Mowen. Rochester, NY: C.C. Powell, 1908 (available here)
  • Novelty Rag (TAR). May Aufderheide. Indianapolis, IN: J.H. Aufderheide & Co., 1911 (available here)
  • Pelham Waltzes. May Aufderheide. Indianapolis, IN: J.H. Aufderheide & Co., 1912 (available here)
  • Pompeian Waltzes. May Aufderheide. Indianapolis, IN: J.H. Aufderheide & Co., 1911 (available here)
  • Ragtime Showers: March And Two Step (TAR). Kathryn Athol Morton. New York, NY: Richard Saalfied, 1902 (available here)
  • The Richmond Rag (TAR) May Aufderheide. Indianapolis, IN: J.H. Aufderheide & Co., 1908 (available here)
  • That Captivating Rag (TAR) Ruth Orndorff. Kendallville, IN: Ruth Orndorff, 1912 (available here)
  • Zepha Waltzes. Lizzie Mowen. Rochester, NY: C.C. Powell, 1908 (available here)
  • Chili Con Carne: A Hot Rag Two Step (TAR). Elmer B. Griffith. La Fayette, IN: Rinker Music Co., 1911 (available here)
  • Reinette Rag (TAR) (by David Reichstein) (Chicago, IL: Christensen School, 1913) (available here)
  • Auld Lang Syne (Ragtime Version). Axel Christensen (arranger). Chicago, IL: Forster Music, 1915 (available here)
  • When You and I Were Young, Maggie (Ragtime Version). Axel Christensen (arranger). Chicago, IL: Forster Music, 1915 (available here)
  • Ragtimer Nora Hulse was kind enough to point out that the following composers I had listed as women composers of rags were in fact actually men: Billie Taylor, Billie (sic) [Billy] Talbot, Gayle von Kamacke Wood, M. Kendree Miller and Frances Cox. I have removed them from my listings of women composers and made other date and spelling corrections to some of my other entries for women composers. Nora also pointed out that I was missing a listing of the following piece by Charles L. Johnson which I have now added to my essay on his rags. The piece was: Charles L. Johnson. Dedication: March and Two Step (Oklahoma, OK: Frederickson-Kron Music Co., 1906).
  • Thanks to Alexandre Dias of Brazil for pointing out that the full score of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha is available here from the Library of Congress. I also added a link here to Joplin's Pine Apple Rag Song (from the University of Mississippi Libraries) thanks to a tip from ragtime enthusiast Jang-Won Son of Seoul, Korea.
  • Dr. Rainer E. Lotz of Germany was kind enough to suggest additions to my bibliography in Cakewalks in the Ragtime Era, including his very own German Ragtime & Prehistory of Jazz (Chigwell, England: Storyville, 1985) and Edward Samuel Walker's English Ragtime: A Discography (Woodthorpe, England: Edward S. Walker, 1971). At his suggestion, I have also added an entry for Chris Ware's Ragtime Ephemeralist which has excellent coverage of cakewalks.
  • I added an entry here to a "undiscovered" song by George L. Cobb entitled Moonlight Makes Me Lonesome from 1908. If you were the person who won it on eBay and are willing to provide a digital scan for this site, I would be grateful.
  • I made numerous minor corrections or additions, including some relating to Axel Christensen. Bill Edwards corrected some Charles L. Johnson biographical information that I added to my essay on Johnson, including changing his year of birth to 1875 based on Census research by Bill and Johnson's draft card. Bill's biography of Johnson is here.
  • I added the following two entries to my Ragtime Sources page:

Update #11: What's New as of November 13, 2007  [top]

  • I added a note here in my essay on Canadian ragtime personalities to mark the passing of John Arpin.
  • I added the sheet music to the following four rare rags, all of which are listed in That American Rag (Jasen & Jones):
  • Colonial Rag (1914) by Ernest R. Ball and Julius Lenzberg, available here in Rare Rags
  • Dixie Kisses (1909) by E. Clinton Keithley, available here in Rare Rags
  • Nervous Rag (1910) by Bernard E. Fay and Blackford, available here in Rare Rags

Update #10: What's New as of November 6, 2007  [top]

  • I added the sheet music for the following 10 rare rags that are not otherwise published or easily available and all of which are listed in Jasen and Jones, That American Rag:
  • Knick Knocks Rag One-Step (1915) by Phil Schwartz, available here in Rare Rags.
  • New Hippodrome Rag (1914) by Herman E. Schultz, available here in Rare Rags. According to the seller of this piece on EBay, the New Hippodrome referenced in the title was a vaudeville theatre built in 1914 in Toronto by Michael Shea of Buffalo, New York (whose picture is on the cover). The seller notes that the theatre was destroyed in 1957. When I have more time, I will investigate the history in more detail.
  • Rig-A-Jig Rag (1912) by Nat. D. Ayer, available here in Rare Rags.
  • Smiles and Chuckles Rag One Step (1917) by F. Henri Klickmann, available here in Rare Rags.
  • The Tierney Rag (1913) by Harry A. Tierney, available here in Rare Rags.
  • I added the following George L. Cobb compositions:

I also updated biographical information on Cobb using research provided by Bill Edwards and Luigi Ranalli. In addition, I recalibrated the data on Cobb's compositions indicating that there is now a total of 210 known compositions published by George L. Cobb, with my site now having 166 of his 177 pre-1923 compositions.

  • The Cat on the Keyboard (1915) by Harry Stafford, available here.
  • Monkey Blues (1918) by Max Darewski, available here.


Update #9: What's New as of September 22, 2007  [top]

  • I added the sheet music to Sweet Pickin's Rag (1918) by Charley Straight, available here in Rare Rags. Thanks to Vincent Johnson for providing a digital copy of this piece.
  • I added the sheet music to the following two compositions by ragtime composer Harry Jentes (1887 - 1958), digital copies of which were provided by Vincent Johnson:
  • Soup and Fish Rag (1913) by Harry Jentes and Pete Wendling, available here in Food and Ragtime and here in Rare Rags. This rag is described by Jasen and Tichenor (1978:178) as a "wandering labyrinth of strange harmonies."
  • I added the sheet music to Roy Bargy's Sunshine Capers (1922), available here in Rare Rags. Vincent Johnson also provided a digital copy of this piece.
  • I added the sheet music to Futuristic Rag (1923) by Rube Bloom (1902-1976), available here in Rare Rags.
  • I added the following two pieces of sheet music by Egbert van Alstyne:
  • I added the sheet music to Double Fudge (1902) by Joe Jordan, available here in Food and Ragtime and here in Rare Rags. Jasen and Tichenor (1978:59-60) describe this piece as a "fascinating concept" with influences of Tom Turpin. The digital copy of this piece was provided by Vincent Johnson.
  • I added the sheet music to Pegasus (1908) by Robert B. Stirling (published by Stark Music Co.) here in Rare Rags. As was pointed out by Max Morath when he sold this piece (to me) on E-Bay, this sheet music uses the same cover that Stark used in 1920 for a rag by James Scott called Pegasus. The piece by Stirling is not a rag but is a march in 6/8 time. Ragtime sheet music publishers have been known to recycle covers. This was done by Stark most likely to save money.
  • I added the sheet music to Fighting the Flames: Descriptive Two-Step (1907) by Earl LaFarge here in Rare Rags.
  • I added the sheet music to Southern Beauties: Two Step (1906) by Carl Beck here in Rare Rags.
  • Won't You Come and Love Me?, available here (words by H.C. Weasner).
  • That Lovely Dovey Glide, available here.

I also added an alternative sheet music cover here for Cobb's Russian Rag from a version of the piece published in England.

  • I added  the sheet music to Jazzapation (1920) by Edward Claypoole here in Rare Rags.

Update #8: What's New as of May 27, 2007  [top]

  • Cheese and Crackers (1909) by Homer Denny, available here.
  • Pepper Sauce (1910) by H.A. Fischler, available here.
  • Stewed Prunes (1910) by Oscar Lorraine, available here.
  • Washington Pie: A Ragtime Piece (1907) by Theodore Morse, available here.

I also added Stewed Chicken to my Food and Ragtime page (I added it in Update #7 to Ragtime at the Zoo but forgot to add it to Food and Ragtime).

  • The Lion Tamer Rag (1913) by Al Marzian (as "Mark Janza"), available here.

On the back of The Lion Tamer Rag was a listing for the Youth and Beauty Waltz by A.F. Marzian, so I added this waltz to my essay on Ragtime Waltzes.

  • Every Little Note Means Love When Billy Plays That Way (1912) by George L. Cobb, available here.
  • When the Moon was Hanging Low (1917) by George L. Cobb, available here.
  • Adrien Le Gallo was kind enough to supply a digital scan of Golden Hours Reverie (1916) by Charles L. Johnson, available here in my essay on The Rags of Charles L. Johnson.


Update #7: What's New as of April 8, 2007  [top]

  • I added Huskin' Time: A Rural One Step (1914) by George L. Cobb here in The Rags of George L. Cobb. This piece is extremely rare and does not show up in the standard listings of instrumentals by ragtime composers.
  • In addition, ragtimer Frederick Hodges donated scans of the following two extremely rare instrumentals by Cobb:
  • George L. Cobb. Fleetfoot March. Buffalo, NY: H.C. Weasner & Co., 1906, available here.
  • George L. Cobb. Buffalo Means Business. Louis C. Synder, 1909. Listed in TAR. Copyright registration date: June 14, 1909, available here.
  • I added two pieces to Rare Rags that I was lucky enough to buy on eBay from Max Morath. The two pieces are:
  • James E.C. Kelly. Icycles: Rag Two-Step. New York: Jerome H. Remick, 1907, available here.
  • Felix Arndt. Marionette. Cleveland, OH: Sam Fox Publishing Co., 1914, available here.
  • I added The Maurice Tango (1912) by Silvio Hein here in Rare Rags.
  • I added a link to Felicity: Hesitation Waltz (1914) by Albert F. Marzian here in Ragtime Waltzes.
  • Ira Kass reminded me of the good work being done at the Indiana Historical Society through their digital images collection. It is worth taking a look if you have not done so; the sheet music collection is quite interesting and, as one might assume, has some interesting ragtime era pieces from Indiana.

Here are two interesting pieces that I believe are not easily available elsewhere in print or online:

  • S. Jergensen, Hoosier Rag (Indianapolis, IN: Abby Music Co., 1905) available from that site in PDF here
  • Harry von Tilzer, I Love It: A Fantastic Rag-Two Step (New York: Harry von Tilzer Music, 1910) available from that site in PDF here.
  • The Buffalo March : For the Piano. (1901) by Thomas Preston Brooke, available here.
  • Stewed Chicken Rag (1912) by Glenn C. Leap, available here.
  • Thoroughbreds: March and Two Step (1912) by Emil Seidel, available here.
  • A Tip on the Derby: March and Two-Step (1902) by Charles J. Gebest, available here.

 

Update #6: What's New as of December 29, 2006  [top]


Update #5: What's New as of December 25, 2006  [top]

  • I added the sheet music to the following two compositions by Charles L. Johnson available in my essay of the Rags of Charles L. Johnson:
  • Charles L. Johnson, The Harvest Hop: Charles L. Johnson's Barn Dance (1908), available here.
  • Charles L. Johnson, Southern Beauties: March-Two Step (1907), available here.
  • Harry Moore, I'm Jealous of You (1908), available here.
  • Harry Moore, Sweet Nora Doone (1907), available here.

Both pieces were published by Harry H. Sparks of Toronto around the same time as Lamb's other "Canadian" compositions (but after the time Lamb left Canada and returned to the United States). I believe my essay now contains all of Lamb's "Canadian" and public domain compositions.

I also replaced here the existing sheet music and cover for The Lilliputian's Bazaar: A Musical Novelty (1905) by Joseph Lamb with a colour cover and a better quality scan of the sheet music from a personal copy I recently obtained on eBay.  

  • George L. Cobb, Parade of the Teddy Bears: Characteristic March & Two Step (1908), available here.

I believe this piece is extremely rare since I did not uncover its existence through my extensive research when I first wrote my essay on George L. Cobb. The cover for this piece is quite cute - in addition to the marching teddy bears there is a flag of Teddy Roosevelt with the words "De-lighted" on it being carried by one of the teddy bears.

  • Love Dreams (Valse Boston and Hesitation Waltz) (1914) by M. Greenwald, available here.
  • I added Perpetual Rag: March Two Step (1908) by B.W. Castle to Rare Rags, available here.
  • I added Sparkles: High Class Ragtime Two Step (1909) by Charles B. Ennis available to Rare Rags, available here.

Update #4: What's New as of November 26, 2006  [top]

  • That Tantalizing Tango Tune (1914), available here.
  • Red Rooster (1916), available here.
  • Let's Take A Trip Back To Dixie (1921), available here.

I also added an entry to a newly discovered Cobb composition called When Oscar Played the Flute, which was advertised on the last page of Red Rooster. The entry for When Oscar Played the Flute is available here.

  • I added a link to the sheet music for Gum Drops: Novelty Two Step (1915) by Henry Lodge, available here in the essay on Food and Ragtime.
  • I added a link to the sheet music for The Peach (1908) by Arthur Marshall, available here in the essay on Food and Ragtime.

Update #3: What's New as of October 18, 2006  [top]

  • Pat Lamb Conn, the daughter of ragtime composer Joseph F. Lamb, was kind enough to provide me copies of two song compositions of her father that I did not yet have: Love in Absence (1909) (available here) and Playmates (1910) (available here). She also provided me a colour copy of the cover for Dear Blue Eyes, True Eyes (1908) (available here). This means that I am able to provide access to all of Lamb's public domain compositions with the exception of two pieces that I am still trying to track down (both compositions he wrote using the pseudonym Harry Moore: Sweet Nora Doone (Toronto, ON: Harry H. Sparks, 1907) and I'm Jealous of You (Toronto, ON: Harry H. Sparks, 1908).
  • I added two new waltzes to my essay on ragtime waltzes: Patocka Waltzes (1901) (by Egbert Van Alstyne), available here, and Sweetheart's Time Waltz (1903) (by Howard Whitney), available here.
  • I added a scan of an original color copy to the February 1917 edition of That Tuneful Yankee that I recently bought on EBay, available here in my essay on ragtime composer George L. Cobb. I hope to shortly digitize the entire February 1917 edition.
  • I tried to improve the quality of the first few pages of Edward Winn's Winn's Practical Method of Popular Music: Rag and Jazz Piano Playing, available here, since the original version loaded a few weeks ago had some blurry pages.

Update #2: What's New as of October 1, 2006:  [top]

  • I added a new essay on ragtime composer George L. Cobb, available here. This essay includes brief biographical information on Cobb along with a complete listing of all of his known compositions (including compositions that have not previously been included in most listings of his work). Included are (free) links to the sheet music for 124 rags, marches, waltzes and other instrumental compositions and 77 songs by Cobb, for total of 201 compositions.
  • I added what I believe to be the final (and extremely rare) volume/edition of Ragtime Review (Vol. 4, No. 2, February 1918) available here in the chapter setting out the digitized full-text of the Ragtime Review. Most bibliographic entries in library catalogues for the Ragtime Review show the magazine continuing to only January 1918 and I have been unable to obtain any references to a February 1918 edition; hence, I think the February 1918 version included on my site is extremely rare. This edition includes Happy Sam Rag (1918) by Oscar Chilton and The Cactus Rag (1916) by Lucien Porter Gibson, both available here in Chapter 3 of the essay on Axel Christensen (these two rags are also available in Rare Rags). I also added to my essay on Christensen's Ragtime Review the front cover of the March 1918 edition of Walter Jacobs' Melody magazine (available here) which explains the take over by Jacobs of the Ragtime Review.
  • I added a chapter here to the essay on Axel Christensen that discusses his ragtime piano teaching methods. Included in this chapter is the full-text of two of his teaching manuals: Christensen's Rag-Time Instruction Book For Piano (circa 1909) (available here, 36 pages) and Axel Christensen's New Instruction Book for Rag and Jazz (circa 1920) (available here, 48 pages). I discuss these manuals briefly, in addition to also discussing other ragtime instruction manuals. I also include digitized versions of ragtime manuals by Edward Winn, Scott Joplin and H.J. Beckerman.
  • I used some of the ragtime compositions published in the two Axel Christensen manuals above to replace existing compositions (since the versions in the two manuals where in much better physical condition). The compositions replaced include: Irmena Rag (available here), Old Black Joe (available here), Pathetic Rag (available here), Ragtime Wedding March (available here), Reinette Rag (available here), and Webster Grove Rag (available here). A special thanks goes to Rob Crausaz for providing a number of scans of covers to Christensen-related rags and selected issues of the Ragtime Review.
  • I updated some biographical information on Joseph F. Lamb based on a phone call that his daughter, Patricia Lamb Conn, was kind enough to make to me on the evening of September 7, 2006, after she reviewed the initial version of the essay. I corrected the name of Lamb's sisters (correctly, Anastasia and Katherine) and the fact that he had a brother, James. I also corrected the birthdate of Joe Lamb, Jr., being July 23, 1915 as well as correcting the wedding day of Lamb to his second wife Amelia Collins (the correct date being November 12, 1922). In addition, I had left out mention of Patricia Lamb Conn's other brother, Robert, born November 20, 1927.
  • I added Sunflower Tickle (A Rag) (1908) (by Dolly Richmond, a pseudonym for Percy Wenrich), available here in Rare Rags.
  • I added two pieces of rare sheet music by Canadian William H. Hodgins:
  • A Ragtime Spasm (1899) (by William H. Hodgins), available here in Ragtime Music in Canada and here in Rare Rags (although the last page was missing from the source material; I am looking to try to obtain a complete version of this rare piece).
  • Happy Coons: Danse Negre (1906) (by William H. Hodgins), available here in Ragtime Music in Canada and here in Rare Rags. Thanks to Bob Perry of Australia for providing a digital copy of this piece.
  • I added the sheet music and a MIDI audio file for Maude Gilmore's Peach Blossoms Rag Two Step (1910), available here in Women Composers of Ragtime. Thanks to Rob Crausaz for providing the digital scans of this piece and the MIDI file.
  • I added sheet music for the following compositions by Marie Louka:
  • I added the sheet music for the following cakewalks:
  • In addition, I added links to the sheet music for the following cakewalks (thanks to Eytan Uslan for pointing out these titles):
  • I added the sheet music for the following composition: Mignon: Novelette Two Step (1917) (by W.C. Powell), available here in Rare Rags.
  • I added the sheet music for the following song by Canadian ragtime composer Willie Eckstein: In Sunny Summertime (words by T.H. Yull) (1911), available here and here in Ragtime Music in Canada.
  • I expanded the essay on Ragtime Waltzes by analyzing in more detail the difference between a ragtime waltz and a mere ragtime-era or Victorian parlour waltz, giving examples from some of the more authentic ragtime or syncopated waltzes. This analysis includes discussion of the section on ragtime waltzes from Christensen's Rag-Time Instruction Book For Piano (circa 1909).
  • I added an entry here in the essay on Scott Joplin for his ragtime opera, Treemonisha, in addition to adding an entry here for a commercial CD recording of that opera. I also added the sheet music to his 1895 song, Please Say You Will, available here in my essay on Scott Joplin and here in Rare Rags.
  • I added the sheet music for Felix Arndt's Kakuda: One Step (1914), available here in Rare Rags. Thanks to Luigi Ranalli in Italy for providing a copy of this rare piece.
  • I added the piano sheet music and orchestral parts here in Rare Rags for the following British composition: Little Gadabout: Two-Step Intermezzo (1911) (by Gustave Colin). Orchestral parts include music for clarinet, oboe, cello, violin, and drums.
  • I added the following sheet music to Rare Rags:
  • A Basket of Roses: A Novelette (1913) by Fred G. Albers, available here in Rare Rags
  • Old Si's Fiddle (The Tunes He Used To Play - A Down East Medley) (1905) by Leslie T. Moore, available here in Rare Rags
  • Twentieth Century March and Two Step (1900) by J. Messina, available here in Rare Rags
  • I added the sheet music for the following ragtime-era waltzes to Ragtime Waltzes:

 

Update #1: What's New as of June 29, 2006:  [top]

  • I added a "classic ragtime piano" logo on the home page. The logo was designed by Andy Fielding of Vancouver, B.C., who himself is a musician and ragtime pianist and technical and copywriter. Most Canadians will be familiar with a ragtime arrangement that Andy wrote and recorded for the theme music to the CBC Radio show called DiscDrive. The theme is based on the melody to the classical composition "Fanfarinette" by Jean-Phillipe Rameau. The show uses a number of arrangements of this piece, including a version on the harp, a version on the synthesizer and so on. Andy's ragtime version is wonderful (as is the DiscDrive show itself). You can listen to DiscDrive over the Internet here (the host, Jurgen Gothe, plays a variety of music, commercial-free, ranging from classical to jazz and including the occasional rag).
  • I added a new essay called “Rare Rags” which features (free) links to pieces of rare ragtime sheet music that are not already in any of the online resources for ragtime sheet music and which are not easily found in the standard print folios of ragtime music. The sheet music in "Rare Rags" comes from the other essays on the site, but I thought it might be easier to also compile the rarer pieces in one list. I continue to scour Ebay for rare ragtime sheet music and occasionally purchase photocopies of print sheet music from various libraries throughout the world. As I obtain copies of rare rags that are in the public domain, I will add them to the "Rare Rags" essay and add entries to this "What's New" page so that readers know when new rare rags have been added. To start with, there are currently 102 rare rags on this page.
  • I added the following pieces of (free) sheet music that I recently obtained in print or already had in my collection:
  • A Bashful Bachelor: Intermezzo Two Step (1905) (Lawrence Ritchie) (available here in Rare Rags)
  • Boomerang Rag (1916) (George Botsford) (available here in Rare Rags)
  • The New Russian Rag (1923) (George L. Cobb) (available here in Rare Rags)
  • Noodles (German Rag) (1906) (Percy Wenrich) (available here in Rare Rags)
  • On The Rural Route (1917) (Paul Pratt) (available here in Rare Rags)
  • An Operatic Nightmare (1916) (Felix Arndt) (available here in Rare Rags)
  • Ring Tum Diddie: A Boston Rag (1912) (Fred Heltman) (available here in Rare Rags)
  • That Eccentric Rag (1912) (J. Russel Robinson) (available here in Rare Rags)
  • Abe Olman, Sea Weeds Rag (Philadelphia, PA: Jos. Morris Co., 1910) (available here)
  • Abe Oleman (sic), Tango Rag (1914) (Philadelphia, PA: Jos. Morris Co., 1914) (available here)
  • Abe Oleman (sic), The Winter Garden Rag (Chicago, IL: Will Rossiter, 1912) (available here)
  • I added a link to the sheet music for The Pippin (Arthur Marshall) available here in Food and Ragtime (a “pippin” is the name of a variety of apples – there is an apple on the cover of the music; it is also related to the word “pips” meaning the seeds of various fruits) [top]
  • I added links to the sheet music on the following four compositions (the links were missing on launch day due to the fact that the quality of the sheet music was not good enough; I recently obtained new copies of the music from the Toronto Reference Library):
  • I added a link to the sheet music in Ragtime Music in Canada for Gentle Winds Waltz by Lewis Owen, available here (it is fairly saccharine).
  • I also added links to the sheet music for the following waltzes to the Ragtime Waltzes page (these are not ragtime waltzes per se but merely ragtime-era waltzes):
  • Apple Blossoms Waltz (1911) (Charles B. Brown) (available here)
  • Arbor of Dreams Waltzes (1912) (C.E. Wheeler) (available here)
  • Beautiful Lady Valse (1912) (Egbert Van Alstyne) (available here)
  • Hermosa: Valse (1902) (Wesley Wells) (available here)
  • Lady Elizabeth: Waltz (1901) (Bertha Metzler) (available here)
  • Sapho Waltzes (1890) (Sol Bloom) (available here)
  • Sapphire Waltz (1904) (Charlie Baker) (available here)
  • Scottish Belles Waltzes (1905) (Fred L. Ryder) (available here)
  • Starlight Waltz (s.d.) (C.S. Brainard) (available here)
  • Sun Kissed Roses: Waltzes (1912) (Nat Johnson) (available here)
  • To My Lady Loves Waltzes (1900) (John H. Davies) (available here)
  • Twilight Hours: Waltz (1914) (Walter Rolfe) (available here)
  • Vacation Waltzes (1914) (Carl Loveland) (available here)
  • The Viceroy Tea Waltz (192?) (Alberto Agrati) (available here)
  • The Violet Waltzes (William H. Myers) (1899) (available here)
  • Zenda Waltzes (1895) (Frank M Witmark) (available here)
  • I added links to the sheet music for the following compositions to Food and Ragtime:
  • Apple Blossoms Valse (1909) (Ralph Weekes) (available here)
  • Apple Blossoms Waltz (1911) (Charles B. Brown) (available here)
  • A Cup O' Tea: Japanese Intermezzo (1910) (Karl Lennox) (available here)
  • Chestnuts (1906) (Percy Wenrich) (available here)
  • Chewin' the Rag (1912) (Fred Heltman) (available here)
  • Dish Rag: Two Step (1908) (Richard Goosman) (available here)
  • Ida Sweet as Apple Cider: Foxtrot (1916) (Eddie Munson) (available here)
  • The Viceroy Tea Waltz (192?) (Alberto Agrati) (available here)
  • Arrival of the Mocking Bird: Characteristic Intermezzo (1904) (Alan Brown) (available here)
  • Bow-Wow: One Step (A Dog-Gone Good Dance) (1916) (F. Henri Klickman) (available here)
  • Bow-Wow: One Step (1919) (Wheeler Wadsworth) (available here)
  • The Dance of the Sparrows: Characteristic (1903) (B. Richmond) (available here)
  • The Frolic of the Elks: Characteristic Two Step (1900) (Edmund Braham) (available here)
  • Kookooburra Schottische (1919) (Arthur W. Rooney) (available here)
  • Old Faithful: March and Two-Step (1907) (Abe Holzmann) (available here)
  • Red Raven (1915) (Charley Straight) (available here)
  • Tiger Rag (1917) (Nick LaRocca) (available here)
  • I added a link to the sheet music for what appears to be another composition by Abbie A. Ford called Sweet Recollections: Reverie (available here in Women Composers of Ragtime) but am somewhat suspicious whether this might be a different Abbie A. Ford since this new piece was published/composed 30 years before her other pieces.
  • I also added a link to the sheet music for an additional piece by Bertha Metzler called Over The Waters Blue: Barcarole (available here in Women Composers of Ragtime).
  • Marie Louka. Cap and Gown March. Detroit, MI: Whitney Warner Pub. Co., 1912.
  • Marie Louka. Dance of the Dewdrops
  • Marie Louka. Dance of the Snowflakes
  • Marie Louka. Dance of the Toys. Detroit, MI: Whitney Warner Pub. Co., 1912.
  • Marie Louka. Dancing Dolls: Waltz
  • Louka, Marie. Flowers from the Dust (1941)?
  • Marie Louka. The Hour of Prayer: Reverie
  • Marie Louka. Karmara
  • Marie Louka. Mission Bells: Descriptive Tone Poem. Detroit, MI: Whitney Warner Pub. Co., 1912.
  • Marie Louka. Sunset on the Ocean: Reverie. Detroit, MI: Whitney Warner Pub. Co., 1912.

In addition, I added a link here to a (free) .MP3 1902 Berliner recording by Arthur Pryor's Sousa Band of Marie Louka's The Rajah March.

  • I increased the total listings of compositions for Blanche M. Tice, available here in Women Composers of Ragtime, by adding listings for three waltzes and two waltz songs: Swells and Bells, Valse Angeline, Valse Divine: Hesitation, When I Come Back To Erin (I Am Coming For You): Waltz Song, and When the Sun Sets in Ireland: Waltz Song.
  • Mollie King, If My Dream Were True (song) (lyrics by Verner J. Cavers) (Montreal, QC: Harmonic Pub., 1907)
  • Mollie King, Niscona (song) (lyrics by Clifton H. Wright) (Montreal, QC: Royal Music, 1905)
  • Mollie King, The Village Barn Dance (Montreal, QC: Delmar Music, 1909)
  • Louise V. Gustin. Carmelita: A Mexican Dance (Whaley & Royce) (British Library)
  • Louise V. Gustin. In Love's Garden (British Library)
  • Louise V. Gustin. Let's Trot: Fox Trot. New York, NY: Jerome H. Remick, 1915 (British Library)
  • Louise V. Gustin. Maids of Paradise: Waltzes (Whaley & Royce) (British Library)
  • Louise V. Gustin. Waltz With Me Waltzes. New York, NY: Jerome H. Remick, 1915 (British Library)
  • I added the following additional entries (no sheet music yet) here in Ragtime Music in Canada for Canadian composer James B. Glionna:
  • James B. Glionna, At A Niagara Camp Meeting: Cake Walk And Two Step (Toronto, ON: Canadian American Music, 1903) (also added here in Cakewalks in the Ragtime Era)
  • James B. Glionna, Everett Waltz (Toronto, ON: Whaley & Royce, 1899) (also added here in Ragtime Waltzes)
  • James B. Glionna, Insignificant Thompson: A Swell Cake Walk And Daisy Two Step (Toronto, ON: Harry H. Sparks, 1900) (also added here in Cakewalks in the Ragtime Era)
  • James B. Glionna, Marquette: Two Step (Toronto, ON: Anglo-Canadian Music Pub. Ass., 1897)
  • Gobbler’s Gambol: The New Turkey-Trot (1913) (Calvin Grooms) (Available in print at University of Colorado)
  • Tuxedo Cat Rag (Bill Edwards)
  • I added the following entries here in Ragtime and Food (no sheet music, just bibliographic entries for now):
  • Some Chocolate Drops (Bonbons de Chocolat): Trot and One Step (1914) (Fred Irvin and Will Vodery) (Available in print at University of Colorado)
  • A Barn Dance Shuffle: A Rag Time Cake Walk (1902) (Wade Harrison) (Available in print at University of Colorado)
  • Easy Pickin’s: Characteristic Dance and Cake-Walk (1902) (Egbert A. Van Alstyne) (Available in print at University of Colorado
  • Memories of the South: Cakewalk (1903) (Sig. Giorgio Minolti) (Available in print at University of Colorado)
  • Razzle Dazzle: Characteristic Cake Walk & Two Step (1902) (Harry Von Tilzer) (Available in print at University of Colorado)
  • Syncopated Rags: An Original Cake Walk (1901) (Chas. H. Rose) (Available in print at University of Colorado)
  • Way Down South: Characteristic March and Cake Walk (1902) (Paul Rubens) (Available in print at University of Colorado)
  • I updated information on Canadian ragtime composer David Lee.
  • Wherever I mention in one of my essays the total number of pieces available, I updated the number, where applicable, wherever I added new titles included in this update. I also improved the "meta tags" on each of my pages to improve search results.
  • A special thanks to Luigi Ranalli for his comments on the launch of the site and for pointing out several additional pieces included in this first update.

 


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