Lark Quartet Explores William Bolcom's Ghostly Rags
Grammy-winning classical composer is also our greatest living rag composer
Today, a century after ragtime’s heyday, our greatest living rag composer is probably William Bolcom, whose choral adaptation of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition earlier this year. He’s written all sorts of concert music, from solo piano to grand opera, from thorny to lyrical, but he’s best known for his “Graceful Ghost” rag, a tuneful, wistful work that fits perfectly into the rag tradition without being at all derivative.
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