Brass Quintet

5 Easy Scott Joplin Rags
arr. Zack Smith
Price: $25

Transposed parts can be ordered.

The Beginning Brass Quintet Series is designed for younger brass players getting their first experience with a small ensemble -- as well as weekend warriors who may not have the time to keep their chops at a professional level and professionals who like to keep some less taxing arrangements in their concert book.  Instrument ranges are written to Level 2 guidelines, and there are no sixteenth note rhythms.  Many phrases begin with several instruments starting in unison to help young players feel confident and find their partials before moving into harmony with the rest of the quintet.  These arrangements are very straightforward, not too lengthy, and use a minimum of close harmonies (in other words, the French horn and trombone won't spend the whole chart a half step away from each other).  Despite these guidelines, the pieces all sound very professional and are suitable for any concert setting.

This collection of Scott Joplin Rags is a perfect introduction to ragtime music.  All of the arrangements closely follow the original feel of "stride-style" piano with the tuba mimicking the left hand and the other ensemble members filling out the rest of the keyboard.  Most of Joplin's rags had a number of different sections.  In order to keep the performance time of each arrangement to about two and a half minutes, some less recognizable sections have been left out (though we don't think your audience will notice).
The Entertainer:   The most recognizable of Scott Joplin's rags, this is a fun arrangement to play as bits of the melody are occasionally passed from instrument to instrument.  Everyone will have a couple licks that will need to be practiced.
Maple Leaf Rag:   Most of the heat in this one is on the shoulders of the first trumpet.  There are also a couple of wide intervals in the second section of the tune that will be a challenge for your horn and trombonist.
Swipesy Cakewalk:   This piece uses the simple syncopation of a cakewalk (eighth note, quarter note, eighth note) and was actually a collaboration between Joplin and Arthur Marshall.  The title supposedly comes from the original cover art, which pictures a young boy who looks like he just swiped something.
The Easy Winners:   Both trumpets, the horn, and the trombone get pieces of the melody in this one.  The difficulty level will depend on the performance tempo you decide upon.
Peacherine Rag:   Some may recognize this piece which was used in the movie "The Legend of 1900".  It has a march-type feel to it and pits the two trumpets against the trombone and horn (with a couple short tuba solos to keep things interesting).

Listen to The Entertainer.
      or listen with your own player

Listen to Maple Leaf Rag.
      or listen with your own player

Listen to Swipesy Cakewalk.
      or listen with your own player

Listen to The Easy Winners.
      or listen with your own player

Listen to Peacherine Rag.
      or listen with your own player

Check out the other selections in the "5 Easy" series on sale here.
5 Easy Classical Favorites
5 Easy Spirituals
5 Easy Dixieland Standards
5 Easy Stephen Foster Songs
5 Easy Christmas Classics

3 Methods of Delivery

Download the arrangement from the link in your immediate confirmation e-mail as an Adobe PDF file and pay no shipping fee! Receive the arrangement as an e-mail attachment.  A $2 handling fee will be included.
(May take 1-2 days.)
Receive the printed sheet music in the mail.
(An additional shipping charge will apply plus a printing charge of $10.)

Print the sheet music yourself (PDF download).

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