A Ragtime Feast: Forgotten Rags (No. 1)
Charles Hunter & Tom Turpin
is an audio CD.
This CD audio is the first in our series dedicated to Forgotten Masterpieces of Ragtime & deals with the music of composers Charles Hunter & Tom Turpin.
In the case of the blind artist Charles Hunter of Tennessee, it captures the essence of "Rural Ragtime" piano and, in the case of Tom Turpin, that which evolved from Black Minstrelsy in Harlem. An interesting contrast for this illustration of Ragtime piano.
We are proud to present this first incursion into the field of audio, only slightly removed from our usual product, interactive books. The success of the volume dedicated to Tin Pan Alley publishers: "Tin Pans, Rags & Grease Paint", with its sound track of over 100 songs done by this artist encouraged us in this endeavor.
The very music of ragtime holds within it a key to understanding this entire period of American popular music and the culture that grew around it. Its syncopation is just one of the mysteries and fascinations that attract ragtime fans today. Slightly out of step, each note reflects the birth of modern electrical technology, the grammophone in particular, always slightly out of step with reality. Far from being imperfect, this music is a technical challenge, equal to playing any contemporary classic for piano of the time, such as Rachmaninoff's works.
The titles are the following:
1. Possum & Taters
2. Queen Of Love
3. Tickled To Death
4. Just Ask Me
5. Why We Smile
6. A Tennessee Tantalizer
7. Cotton Bolls
8. Back To Life
9. Bowery Buck
10. Buffalo Rag
11. Harlem Rag
12. A Ragtime Nightmare
13. The Saint Louis Rag
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Sound Sample heard here is not on this CD audio but is by the same artist and is included in soundtrack of our CDROM: "Tin Pans, Rags & Grease Paint". We also have available the second CD audio in this series,
featuring Joplin's Forgotten Rags.
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