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The Easy Winners arr. Three Acoustic Guitars

This is an excellent ensemble piece in that it allows for great flexibility in instrument combinations. In this arrangement for three acoustic guitars in G the realisation tempo is 76 quarter quarter note beats to the minute whilst the repeats are not played. Individual instrument parts are appended to the full score. What is interesting about performing this piece is the impact of a change of tempo on the musical character and musical outcomes. A tempo of 70 quarter note beats to the minute sounds quite slow and yet 80 quarter note beats to the minute sounds fast. Generally there is not a great amount of performance detail indicated in ragtime music although where opportunity arises when repeating sections performers need to explore dynamic range. The formal pattern of Joplin’s ragtime pieces generally follow the structure of the typical American March which can be represented by letters as I AA BB AA CC DD. This would be an ideal concert piece for three guitar players who could possibly also explore the option of sharing the repeats.

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