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American Beauty: A Ragtime Bouquet

Gary Smart Plays American Rags

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2008


Artists:

Gary Smart

piano

Record Label
Albany Records

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 72:54
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American Beauty: A Ragtime Bouquet

     
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JOSEPH LAMB

1 

Ragtime Nightingale

4:13
     
 

GARY SMART

2 

Laramie Rag

4:35
     
 

JAMES SCOTT

3 

Grace and Beauty

4:36
     
 

GARY SMART

4 

Two Flowers Rag

7:09
     
 

JOSEPH LAMB

5 

American Beauty

3:49
     
 

GARY SMART

6 

Cracker Rag

5:04
     
 

ROBERT HAMPTON

7 

Cataract Rag

3:44
     
 

GARY SMART

8 

Peanut Butter Rag

3:53
     
 

SCOTT JOPLIN

9 

Solace (A Mexican Serenade)

6:29
     
 

GARY SMART

10 

Soirées de Vienne (Ragtime Rondo)

4:32
     
 

SCOTT JOPLIN

11 

Gladiolus Rag

4:26
     
 

CLARENCE WOODS

12 

Sleepy Hollow Rag

5:59
     
 

GARY SMART

13 

Harlequin Rag

7:55
     
14 

Bell Rag

6:30
     
 Gary Smart piano
'American Beauty - A Ragtime Bouquet' - Gary Smart

The collection of classic and original rags offered by Gary Smart on this recording celebrates the lyrical side of this quintessentially American music. The ragtime genre is diverse, more so than the casual listener might think. There is the folk rag tradition, the brilliant, aggressive Eastern rag tradition, and the many interesting takes on ragtime composition that span the entire twentieth century from Artie Mathews to Charles Ives to William Albright and beyond. But Scott Joplin's classical musicality remains the source of Smart's inspiration. Joplin's marriage of a singing African-American rhythmic polyphony with the harmonic and textural structures of the European classical tradition is dazzling in its effectiveness and Mozartian in its elegance.

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