The music and influence
King of Ragtime
W. Brett Youens, Piano
|CD: Elite Syncopations - 15€ ($15)
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| This CD grew out of a concert project of mine. In the Spring of 2003, I was asked by members of the Federation of German American Clubs if I would be willing to give a concert on the 5th of October, at a German-American Day celebration. I was excited by the idea, and suggested that we make it a ragtime evening. That meant, of course, that I would have to build up my ragtime repertoire. So during the summer of 2003 I did just that.
I prepared 17 pieces - mostly ones by Scott Joplin, but also some by his contemporaries and a few of my own - and read all the books on the subject that I could get my hands on. In addition, as part of my preparations I gave concerts in and around my current home in Tübingen, Germany. Then, in the last week of September, I recorded this CD. It first went on sale at the concert on October 5th. It is dedicated to the Federation of German-American Clubs.
Maple Leaf Rag, Original Rags, The Easy Winners
The Entertainer, Gladiolus Rag, Pineapple Rag
Magnetic Rag, Sugar Cane, Weeping Willow, Solace
Heliotrope Bouquet, Something Doing
Sensation (Lamb), The Little Negro (Debussy)
Last Train Home (Youens), Second-Hand Shoes (Youens)