Tuesday, July 24, 2018

For Your Amusement: Classical Ragtime

While music is a gift of God, music should also fit its proper venue.  A John Philip Sousa march is great for the 4th of July parade.  It doesn't work well for church or a wedding.

At the same time, some music can't cross over to another genre.  Case in point, the video below.  This video includes three classical music pieces which are beautiful as classical music pieces.  The crossover into ragtime--which is also great music: Scott Joplin is fantastic!--does not work.  Beethoven (Fur Elise, 5th Symphony) and Debussy (Clare de Lune) were never meant to be ragtime.


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