Composition - Black and White Rag (Solo for Xylophone - soloist grade 8, band 4+)

Black and White Rag is a 1908 ragtime composition by George Botsford. It was made famous by pianist Winifred Atwell and it helped her to establish an international profile. It was also used as the theme tune to the BBC snooker series ‘Pot Black’.       Section: 4+

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I have taken this tune and arranged it as a xylophone solo with brass band accompaniment.

When performing the piece it is relatively straight forward. However, the soloist needs to be aware that the split part at rehearsal figure B in the first four bars is a melody and accompanying figure.

The ‘stride like’ quavers that start on notes C and G are to be played with the left stick, while the syncopated solo melody line is to be played with the right stick. At the fifth bar of figure B the soloist can play the semiquavers as they see fit and then return to their ‘stride’ style at bar 46 and so on when it appears.

This is a great Rag and it works really well as a solo showcase for xylophone.


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