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Camellia Rag


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Andronis

 Genre: Ragtime

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I've always wanted to do a rag, and after starting work on trying out a melody to overlay for Caroline's Bear Rag, the start of this tune popped right into my head.

The camellia is the state flower of Alabama, by the way. Also, my late first cousin twice removed was at one time the President of the International Camellia Society.

Anyway, this is my very first attempt at writing outside my usual very classical style, so by all means, tell me what you think! :)
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Uploaded: Apr 15, 2006 - 07:03:59 AM
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2006 - 01:35:31 PM Last Played: Mar 09, 2017 - 03:01:12 AM
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haribo said 4058 days ago (April 15th, 2006)
:) warmthness
i imagine a merry go round and a flower garden..!

a positive energetic force is always the most rewarding outcome of good music :) and you have an inspiring talent :)
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Andronis said 4058 days ago (April 15th, 2006)
:) warmthness
Or better yet one of those antique carosels in public gardens. :)

Inspiring? Wow! Thanks!
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drakonis said 4058 days ago (April 15th, 2006)
nicely done!
Glad I could offer some enticement to head off in a different direction!
And this sounds much more like a traditional ragtime piece than mine
does. My only two suggestions would be that there was a bit too much
reverb on the piano, making it sound like it was in an empty echoey
room... and the ending was a little strange (I should talk with my
ending)... but with the descending notes and the strange hopping
across chords, the final chord you land on almost didn't seem like the
right one to my dizzy ears. Probably just me unable to keep up there
at the end.
Overall though, this was really fun... how long did it take you to write?
No, wait, I probably don't want to know :-)

ttfn,
Drakonis
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Andronis said 4057 days ago (April 16th, 2006)
nicely done!
Thanks!

As for the final chord, I was trying to give a fuller sound than usual by filling in the chord rather than tripling the root or any of that usual stuff, which bothers some people's ears.

As for how long this took? I started it and finished it before going to bed after taking a look at Caroline's Bear Rag for a few minutes. As for anything more specific than that, you probably really don't want to know. ;)
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drakonis said 4056 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
Flying fingers of fate
Ack, a few hours then... OK, I'm depressed. It took me about 10 times that long
to
write Caroline's Bear rag (actually called "Lickety Split"), and that was spread out
over almost 8 months. This is why dragons live so long, they have to, because
they do things so slowly. Sigh (smrx).
ttfn,
Drakonis

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deja vu, it's the next best thing to being there<br>
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Andronis said 4056 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
Flying fingers of fate
Don't feel bad at all... there are a few things you need to know--this posting is my first draft. I intend to make a few changes in the future, whether I post them here or not.
Second, I pilfered the intro and a little bit of the motive from a failed hornpipe I've never been able to get going. I just redid the rhythms, added or deleted a few notes, and voila, the first part of the piece.
Lastly, this was my fastest composition yet, but the Invokation of the Island Court was done over a series of months until I got exasperated and finally just threw the final notes in to finish it and upload it. Then Slumber Hold Me Tightly I wrote the melody to back in Feb and it took a lot of time to figure out what I wanted to do with the piano part. And for a short easy piano piece, Tarantelletta actually took weeks.
I started this particular one a few minutes after getting your email. I glanced through Caroline's Bear Rag once and immediately felt the urge to write my own rag (actually one of my long-term composition goals I've had for several months). So I started sometime around then and stayed up until about 5:30 which was when it was uploaded.
Some of my most interesting stuff is languishing around only with a neat intro or the like written. I look over them every week (and this has been going on for months), only to still lack any ideas of what to do with it. I'd be happy to donate these parts to a contributor who could do something with them.
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caroline said 4058 days ago (April 16th, 2006)
scott joplin - eat your heart out!!!
i really enjoyed this rag - fancy drak taking the credit for inspiration when you and i both know it was the bear!!! nice tune sam - thank you for posting x

so... are we expecting something in the mood of g & s next?? i'll be watching out!!
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Andronis said 4057 days ago (April 16th, 2006)
scott joplin - eat your heart out!!!
I'm so very glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for listening!

I'm ready to write a G&S style song, but I want lyrics that have the spirit of the usual G&S patter song. I've tried looking through Gilbert's Bab Ballads, but so far everything just isn't structurally what I want at all or it's too dated. My best bet, I think, is to run into some wonderful lyricist.
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drakonis said 4057 days ago (April 16th, 2006)
The Gilbert and Sullivan Show!
Yes, I'm waiting to hear you singing.. "So, I, dropped all the eighth notes
so carefully, that now I am composing opera-tic-ly!" Where's the Doyle
Carte opera company when you need them?
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Andronis said 4057 days ago (April 16th, 2006)
The Gilbert and Sullivan Show!
Actually, my one external CD recording of myself was at a choral concert that I sang "When I was a Lad" from HMS Pinafore. I guess I could post that if you all want in the mean time before I compose or get invited to sing something new.
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caroline said 4057 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
The Gilbert and Sullivan Show!
that idea works for me!


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Keith O. Edwards said 4055 days ago (April 19th, 2006)
Tolerable
The syncopation's o.k., but you need to listen to the Masters to pick-up on modulation and secondary dominants. Thas whut make Ragtime complex.
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mr.turtle said 4054 days ago (April 19th, 2006)
Talent
Your talent is plain as the nose on my face. Unfortunately that is obvious.
Of course you have a lot to learn and with your gifts you can can make the
most of what you learn, but in your case it's worth it. What you really have
of course can't be taught. I am really enjoying your work. Im not the best
musician , but I fancy I have a pretty good sense of taste.Keep up the
good work, or more precise, keep up the good play. Peace
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Joanna said 4051 days ago (April 22nd, 2006)
Authentic
What a lovely piece of period writing this is. The ancestor of jazz, and
you do it beautifully. I really like this. My teeth are showing like piano
keys, my smile is so big.
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Ragtime is an American musical genre, enjoying its peak popularity around the years 1900?1918. Ragtime is a dance form written in 2/4 or 4/4 time, and utilizing a walking bass, that is, the bass note played legato on the 1-3 beats with a staccato cho

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