Download & print digital version. Also available in standard print edition (SMP530).
This brilliant solo follows one of the traditional rag forms, is solidly grounded in D-minor, and follows a standard sectional key relationship, but with modern twists and harmonic touches, and always in combination with the zest and playfulness of the ragtime tradition. Through the use of minor keys, coupled with edgy jazz harmonies and a rapid-fire tempo, Phantom Rag achieves a striking originality and contemporary flavor, yet retains a clear respect for one of America’s most popular piano styles.
Check out Tina Faigen’s performance of Phantom Rag: