A RAGTIME COMPENDIUM
Welcome to the web site that gives you free access to this data base. It contains listings of 16,754 titles of ragtime compositions, their composers (and lyricists if pertinent), their publishers and the year of publication. For 6,198 (37%) of these titles it also provides details of MIDI renditions you can access or ask for. (Of course there are also mp3 renditions but there is a limit to what one can handle).
Whilst in July 2013 I said that additions to this compendium would cease, I was spurred by new material becoming available (especially the increased scanning of sheet music by University Libraries) that there were certainly sufficient additions to merit a final update hat would hopefully incorporate a comprehensive review. We have striven as best we could to achieve this, always acknowledging omissions and errors. And so here in version 14 there are around 950 new titles and 621 new MIDIs. But this (31 May, 2015) will alas be the last update unless some enthusiast come forward and offers to be the co-ordinator.
We no longer claim that we are near finding all the pre 1945 titles as the sheet music scanning has unearthed so many titles of which we were not aware. And post 1945 is equally deficient as printed and published sheets have become far less prevalent.
There are four attachments. They are .docx or .xlsx files, but other formats might be arranged if desired. Please note they are in A4 page format (210 x 297 mm) and you may wish to repaginate before printing.
- First there is a sample of what the data spread sheet looks like. It is an xlsx file of 22 KB size. Right Click here and save this. sample14.xlsx .
- Second there is the full data spread sheet (xlsx file of 29.44 MB, but zipped to 18.82 MB). Right Click here and save this. compendium14.zip .
- Third there is a set of notes that detail what the columns in the data spread sheet mean, the sources of the data and the sources for the MIDIs. This a docx file of 78 KB. Right Click here and save this. notes14.docx .
- Finally there is a list of music folios provided to us by Sakae Watanabe. These are noted against each relevant title in the data Spread sheet. This is a zip (63 KB) of an xlsx file. Right Click here and save this. folios.zip .
We hope this site helps you in some way – by broadening your knowledge, by letting you “chase” a particular composer, by looking for title options that don’t clash with existing ones, etc.
If the MIDIs you seek can no longer be downloaded, contact me at bandmmathew at hotmail dot com and I will help you out from my collection.
As at 31 May, 2015
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