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Sara Davis Buechner expounds on ragtime composer Joseph Lamb, Ragtime ... (Read 4156 times)

Offline 49410enrique

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...and best performance practices. There is great art, beauty, nostalgia and a sense of longing in many fine ragtime compositions, including this very beautiful piece. Buechner performs Joseph Lamb's Brown Derby No. 2 rag.



she is one of my favorite pianists alive today. not a lot of people know that she in all probability has the largest concerto repertoire of any currently concertizing/recording pianist (she has about a 100 or more!).

her channel is really amazing, recent, she covers aspects like pedaling practices in some works, backround information, and in this one, she addresses the viewpoint of approaching rag time music with seriousness and respect just as we would any other art music piece by another master composer from the common practice period.

good stuff. highly reccommend checking her other videos (all of them so far great) and visiting her channel often.
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Thanks for this. I hadn't heard her before but shall seek her out now. The bending of tempo in ragtime has always been controversial. Another famous Canadian, John Arpin, did it frequently in his excellent playing of Joplin. Lamb's rags, it seems to me readily admit of such treatment. James Scott, on the other hand, with the possible exception of Modesty Rag, probably much less so.

In any case very enjoyable; pity she didn't play the whole piece.
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Offline 49410enrique

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Thanks for this. I hadn't heard her before but shall seek her out now. The bending of tempo in ragtime has always been controversial. Another famous Canadian, John Arpin, did it frequently in his excellent playing of Joplin. Lamb's rags, it seems to me readily admit of such treatment. James Scott, on the other hand, with the possible exception of Modesty Rag, probably much less so.

In any case very enjoyable; pity she didn't play the whole piece.
great post/reply.

 i am just now learning more and more about this and want to eventually learn about and get experience with some stride as well.

she is awesome.
http://saradavisbuechner.com/
i have some recordings of her playing some concert transcriptions of stephen foster (by warren) that are quite nice on my soundcloud, you might like them, a little modern but very nice (warren was more 'romnatic' and tonal in tradition in an age of modernists/plinkers)
https://soundcloud.com/scriabinoff/1-jeanie-with-the-light-brown
https://soundcloud.com/scriabinoff/2-beautiful-dreams
my favorite, i plan on learning this eventually
https://soundcloud.com/scriabinoff/3-de-camptown-races

i'll try and find that rag CD of hers in the two university music libraries i have access to if so i'll try and get those up for listening/demos as well.

Offline davesx196x

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I heard Sara Davis Beuchner play Haydn, Turina, and Gershwin last summer at a concert at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (in British Columbia) and she is pretty amazing to say the least.  Here's a clip from the concert (which is posted on the Conservatory's website):

http://vcm.bc.ca/vcm-video-gallery/

And as someone has pointed out, Sara's website is extremely interesting:

http://saradavisbuechner.com/  (I love Sara's version of the first movement of Bach-Busoni Concerto in D Minor -- it's available via the "Watch" link on Sara's website).