Licensing Company: MTI
Ragtime (9 pc orchestration)
A sweeping musical portrait of early-twentieth-century America tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream.
Ragtime 9 pc is a a recently revised orchestration (June 2022) which has 2 keyboard books but unlike the larger version, only Keyboard 2 has programming. Keyboard 1 is all piano. Both books will require exceptional pianists to play the part as they are difficult and require a knowledge of stride/ragtime piano styles. These books are very rewarding to learn and play.
Keyboard 1 can be played on a acoustic piano or a keyboard with a good piano sound. There are no additional sounds or patches in this part.
Keyboard 2 utilizes both acoustic piano and tack piano throughout as well as mallet percussion and even a calliope. Additional patches include orchestral woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, saxes, bassoon), brass (trumpets, trombones), and strings with various articulations among other sounds and instruments. I
Keyboard Programmer: Kevin Roland
Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical, Lucky Stiff), noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, Ragtime was the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score, and has now been adapted for high school performers. Called by TIME Magazine “A triumph for the stage,” and by the International Herald Tribune “the best musical in twenty years,” Ragtime School Edition is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.
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