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Alexander's Ragtime Band (ver. 1) by Irving Berlin - Piano Sheets and Free Sheet Music

  
About the Song
"Alexander's Ragtime Band" is the name of a song by Irving Berlin. It was his first major hit, in 1911. There is some evidence, although inconclusive, that Berlin borrowed the melody from a draft composition submitted by Scott Joplin that had been submitted to a publisher. "Alexander's Ragtime Band" is not itself an example of the ragtime musical idiom; apart from some mild syncopation, it has almost none of ragtime's characteristic features. Nonetheless, the lyrics clearly refer to the arrival of African-American musicians on the popular scene with their then-new idea of playing standard songs in a more exciting up-tempo style. Vaudeville singer Emma Carus, famed for her "female baritone", is said to have been largely responsible for successfully introducing the song in Chicago and helping contribute to its immense popularity. It became identified with her, and soon worked its way back to New.    Download this sheet!
About the Artist
Irving Berlin (May 11; 1888 September 22; 1989) was a Belarusian-born American composer and lyricist; and one of the most prolific American songwriters in history. Berlin was one of the few Tin Pan Alley Broadway songwriters who wrote both lyrics and music for his songs.Although he never learned to read music beyond a rudimentary level; with the help of various uncredited musical assistants or collaborators; he eventually composed over 3;000 songs; many of which (e.g. -God Bless America-; -White Christmas-; -Anything You Can Do-; -There-s No Business Like Show Business-) left an indelible mark on music and culture worldwide. He composed seventeen film scores and twenty-one Broadway scores. "Alexander's Ragtime Band" is the name of a song by Irving Berlin. It was his first major hit, in 1911. There is some evidence, although inconclusive, that Berlin borrowed the melody from a draft composition submitted by Scott Joplin that had been submitted to a publisher. "Alexander's Ragtime Band" is not itself an example of the ragtime musical idiom; apart from some mild syncopation, it has almost none of ragtime's characteristic features. Nonetheless, the.
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