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    The Entertainer, Scott Joplin (1902)

    Having received a wonderful early Christmas present from Garritan - the offer of a discounted copy of the Authorized Steinway Model D Basic piano -I couldn't wait to breath new life into my Joplin MIDI Anthology, completed back in 1997, when quality piano samples were simply beyond my reach.

    I have tried to perform Joplin's piano works with the respect they truly deserve. They are often difficult, and physically demanding, but they are always a joy to perform.

    I hope you will listen to and enjoy my slightly classical slant on this well known Joplin work.

    http://soundcloud.com/alan-t/the-entertainer
    Garritan: GPO4, JABB3, Steinway Model D Basic; Cakewalk: Sonar X1 Producer, VS100; MakeMusic: Finale 2011, PrintMusic 2011.

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    Re: The Entertainer, Scott Joplin (1902)

    I liked it. A slightly different take - more contemplative. That being said, I would still have preferred a faster tempo.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: The Entertainer, Scott Joplin (1902)

    Quote Originally Posted by trentpmcd View Post
    I liked it. A slightly different take - more contemplative. That being said, I would still have preferred a faster tempo.
    I'd have to disagree with this - I think the tempo is very comfortable. At the top of almost all of Joplin's rags is the warning: "Note: Do not play this piece fast. It is never right to play 'Ragtime' fast."

    Well done - a real pleasure to listen to!

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    Re: The Entertainer, Scott Joplin (1902)

    This has always been one of my favorite Joplin's.

    I found the tempo nigh unto perfect, and the expressiveness of the playing was very nice. Overall, an enjoyable listen.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    Thank you all for responding so positively to my post. My apologies for not replying sooner, I didn't have access to the forum.
    I have added one further rag, Elite Syncopations, played and recorded using the standalone Garritan Steinway Model D Basic at: www.soundcloud.com/alan-t/elite-syncopations if you would like to listen.
    For me now, it's back to far inferior but at least original compositions.
    Best wishes to all for the New Year and a big thank you to the Forum Members who have given me continuing encouragement throughout 2010.
    Garritan: GPO4, JABB3, Steinway Model D Basic; Cakewalk: Sonar X1 Producer, VS100; MakeMusic: Finale 2011, PrintMusic 2011.

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    Re: The Entertainer, Scott Joplin (1902)

    I've still got some catching up to do, I see. Nice rendering of this well-known song, as if the player let's some emotions shine through in passages that are dearer to him.
    Theo

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    Arrow Re: The Entertainer, Scott Joplin (1902)

    Hello Theo
    Thank you for your complements. However, I have to admit that it was a live performance, rather than a rendered one, and hence the player’s emotion you refer to is mine, and yes it is genuine.
    I have a great respect for the music of Scott Joplin, and have never understood his lifetime rejection as a “serious” American composer. I see no reason, as a classical pianist, why his work should not be treated any less respectfully than that of say Chopin, Debussy, or any other ground breaking composer for the piano.
    Garritan: GPO4, JABB3, Steinway Model D Basic; Cakewalk: Sonar X1 Producer, VS100; MakeMusic: Finale 2011, PrintMusic 2011.

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