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Old 03-19-2019, 09:48 PM
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Not exactly itty-bitty, but seven seconds of transcendent beauty.

Back in the early days of the 70's ragtime revival I studied Scott Joplin's work for a while. I've listened to all of his pieces at least once, some of them hundreds of times. For me his most breathtaking harmonic moment occurs in Fig Leaf Rag. Now I've gotten old, and can no longer name one of the chords in the passage I'm about to reference, so I'll designate that one chord as xxx. If any of you can identify the chord for me (and correct other errors I might have made) I'd appreciate it.

In one seven-second passage the rag progresses through E-flat MAJ, G-flat MAJ, G-(natural) DIM, A-flat MIN, E-flat MIN, xxx, B-flat 7, E-flat MAJ. I've always found the effect to one of powerfully moving bittersweet nostalgia.

The magic moment occurs twice, at 3:45 and again at 4:15. Hope you like it. If you don't, be nice anyway.


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