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Salt Marsh Rag

Written/Posted by Roger Aldridge


- Play count: 41

Size: 6,613kb, uploaded 9/8/2014 7:29:35 AM
Genre: Jazz/Blues / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Salt Marsh Rag (for 5 wind instruments and jazz rhythm section) has an early jazz feeling and a good amount of humor. It is meant to be fun and something that is distinctly different for performers and audiences. While this rag draws upon American roots music and is intended to sound old, there is a playful juxtaposition of old and new styles in the music. Performers are encouraged to discover their vision of this piece and take it in any creative direction they want to go with it. The score was originally conceived for woodwind quintet (with alto flute) and rhythm section. Alternate parts are provided for an assortment of instruments within the range of each of the wind instrument parts. The score can also be easily adapted for strings. Students and ensembles can explore creative orchestration with Salt Marsh Rag by playing it with different combinations of instruments. The rhythm section is also flexible. Ideally, a trio (bass, drums, and piano or guitar) is used. However, the rhythm section can have more or fewer instruments -- even just a piano if a trio is not available. As another possibility, two (or more) musicians can be used on each wind instrument part. This option of having doubled parts -- with either same or different instruments on a part -- is an easy way for larger ensembles to perform this music. Recorded by David Arivett.

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