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Spencer Myer – William Bolcom Piano Rags – Steinway And Sons

Spencer Myer – William Bolcom Piano Rags – Steinway And Sons

Spencer Myer – William Bolcom Piano Rags – Steinway And Sons 30041, 71:44 ****1/2: Pianist offers superb homage to modern-era Ragtime composer! (Spencer Myer – piano) The peak era of Ragtime was 1895-19i8. The genre was known for its unusual (at the time) syncopated tempo structure developed from African music.. This represented a polyrhythmic modification of the march time popularized by John Phillip Sousa. Early composers included Ernest Hogan, Ben Harvey and of course Scott Joplin. This development would lead to the the founding of stride piano.  Joplin’s “Maple Leaf rag” influenced many future composers. The popularity of these 2/4 and 4/4 metered formats waned until a mass commercial revival in the 1970’s. This renaissance was driven by a film The Sting that featured the music of Joplin. One of the influential modern Ragtime artists was American classical composer William Bolcom. Among his many accomplishments is a cadre of Ragtime compositions, including “The Graceful Ghost Rag” and “Incineratorag”. Pianist Spencer Myer has performed with many symphony orchestras (Indianapolis, Phoenix, Richmond, Santa Fe, New Haven and China). His virtuosity and ability to interpret a wide array of genres has propelled his ascent as a classical performer. He is an in-demand chamber […]