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A Million Buffalo Roam for Piano Duet or Ensemble

(Tom Turpin's "Buffalo Rag" with "Home On the Range" and the "Star-Spangled Banner")

Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
10 minutes
Ragtime music
Piano four hands
Instrumental parts
Not available

A MILLION BUFFALO ROAM is a historical re-construction that gives some idea of how an improvising ragtime pianist of circa 1904-1906 would have performed Tom Turpin's "Buffalo Rag," "Home On the Range," and the "Star-Spangled Banner" as an extended virtuosic display. It is not an arrangement nor a medley, but a representation of a little-documented performance practice. After improvisatory passages on the three themes of "The Buffalo Rag" are heard individually, they are combined with the tunes of "Home On the Range" and the "Star-Spangled Banner," including one passage in which "Home On the Range" and the "Star-Spangled Banner" are played simultaneously, combined with the accompaniment patterns of "The Buffalo Rag."

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