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Bolcom: The Complete Rags For Piano / John Murphy


Release Date: 04/20/1999 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 325/26   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 41 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Few composers have been able to bridge the worlds of jazz and classical music as successfully as William Bolcom. Born in Seattle, Bolcom studied with Darius Milhaud at Mills College and the Paris Conservatoire. He was introduced to the music of the profoundly influential ragtime composer Scott Joplin in 1967. Since then Bolcom has been a tireless advocate for the music both as a composer and performer. This two disc set features Bolcom the ragtime composer with nearly two dozen rags for piano.
Pianist John Murphy first performed a Bolcom rag in recital in 1989, the location was Rustavelli Hall in Tbilisi, Georgia of the former Soviet Union. Murphy must have made quite an impression because he is a pianist of formidable skill. Many of
Read more Bolcom's rags pay homage to the older generation of composer/performers, most notably "Eubie's Lucky Day," a tribute to the legendary Eubie Blake. Bolcom's rags are filled with fiery energy and complex syncopation, a real treat for lovers of virtuoso piano music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Eubie's Luckey Day by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2. Ghost Rags (3) by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 13 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Raggin' Rudi by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4. The Gardenia by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5. Tabby Cat Walk by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6. California Porcupine Rag by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7. Rag-Tango by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971/1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1981 
8. Last Rag by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
9. Knight Hubert by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10. Classic Rags (3) by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11. Seabiscuits by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12. Fields of Flowers by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
13. The Garden of Eden by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 16 Minutes 50 Secs. 
14. Lost Lady Rag by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
15. Epithalamium by William Bolcom
Performer:  John Murphy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent! March 8, 2012 By Laura P. (Ramsey, NJ) See All My Reviews "William Bolcom's ragtime compositions are not to be missed. They are written in the traditional style but with a modern approach. They are interesting and complex and delightful to listen to. The recording is performed with precision by pianist John Murphy. Sheet music is also available." Report Abuse
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