Thompson Falls Rag

A “dark horse” in the first volume of Ragtime Wizardry is the second-to-last selection, Bryan Wright’s Thompson Falls Rag. Arpeggios—many with double notes—abound in this rollicking, tricky-to-play, fun pianistic showpiece. My favorite strain is the minor-key C section, featuring meter changes and extreme dynamic shifts. The piece’s frenetic agitation is briefly interrupted by the beginning of the B section, marked “sweetly.”

The score for Thompson Falls Rag is exceptionally clean, a work of art in itself. CDs and sheet music folios for both volumes of the Ragtime Wizardry project can be purchased at rivermontrecords.com (BSW-2228 and BSW-2247).

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Brandon Byrne Ragtime Piano Composition

Brandon Byrne is a ragtime composer, performer, and scholar. Max Morath said of Byrne, “Brandon’s unique compositions display unparalleled gifts and hidden virtuosity. His music reflects the past and challenges the future. His playing will touch your soul.” For a full list of his compositions, please visit his website.

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