Silent Night in Ragtime
Its mid-November - which means its time to start getting ready for Christmas! This year I thought I'd spice up "Silent Night" by playing it in the style of Scott Joplin. Coming up with this arrangement was a bit challenging. If I played the melody with only minor embellishments, I thought it didn't sound ragtimey enough. But if I tweaked the melody too much, it wouldn't sound like "Silent Night" enough. So I had to find the right balance. Here is what I came up with:
Music, stories and thoughts from an old-time piano player.