I am hard at work on my musical Rivertown to be produced in 2009. I am down to 4 or 5 songs I need to write out of 23 - 24. I always write lyrics first with a likely melody in mind at the same time. I know what style, tempo, etc. that I will use with the lyrics. When I get the lyrics for the 24 songs, then I go back and make lead sheets - then orchestrations for the pit orchestra - then a demo CD.
The musical is set in the time period of 1809 - 1909. I will be opening the second act with a showboat scene. I will be writing original songs for it, but I want a dance number as well. I want to do an arrangement of an old piano rag. Nothing like a well-known Joplin rag, but something of quality that would make a nice dance tune for choreography.
I am not conversant with ragtime, but I am sure there are experts here in the forums. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good, but maybe obscure old piano rag? I would need to have the sheet music to work from as well.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.