Treemonisha Player Rolls
By George Bogatko, forwarded by Terry Smythe
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> Subj: Treemonisha Player Rolls Area: 1-ec.music.ragtime Date: 02/14/96
> There have recently been queries here and in the Automatic Music list about
> the availability of 88 note player-piano versions of Treemonisha. So far,
> there seems to be none available.
> I am willing to make such a roll, in conjunction with Bam-Bam music rolls,
> however I need to see beforehand what interest there would be in such a
> thing. I love making rolls, but would always prefer to do originals
> since I retain more copyright control over the outcome that way. This
> would be a "phonorecord" and all the complications/restrictions and
> nonsense that entails, so if this query produces a big yawn, I'll
> probably abandon the idea.
> I'm proposing a "selections from" type of roll, with about 4 or 5 of the
> best tunes from the opera arranged as a "potpourri", typical of the era.
> I am *not* proposing to just do a straight lift from the sheet-music.
> Such an approach does not translate well to 88-note rolls. 88-note
> rolls do not "express", thus single-note melody vs. multinote accompanyment
> becomes very difficult to pull off. Some "orchestration" is necessary.
> I would also take some liberties, but not so much as to become completely
> anachronistic. It would not be Art Tatum meets Scott Joplin, but neither
> would it be completely urtext. I'm not a historian nor a worshipper of
> historic practice, and so would add some of my own interpretation to the
> score. Previous "piano rolls" are available on my home page as MIDI
> files, and also from Bam-Bam as punched-paper rolls. These are of a
> style that was about 5-8 years after Treemonisha, so for instance, there
> would be less use of "tenths" in the bass.
> At any rate, If this interests you, please send a yes or no vote to the
> address below. You can also "write me" from the link on the home page.
> George Bogatko
[ I hope some of the gang here, as well as from the ragtime crowd
[ takes you up on this. Its been suggested before by one of our other
[ subscribers that if those "in the business of makig rolls" are going
[ to stay in the business, that we need to support their efforts. The
[ creation of new material is a special skill; I hope you are supported
[ in your endeavor.
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