Maple Leaf Rag, by Scott Joplin, for Alto Saxophone and Piano (arr. David McKeown) by Scott Joplin Sheet Music for Alto Sax and Piano at Sheet Music Direct
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Maple Leaf Rag, by Scott Joplin, for Alto Saxophone and Piano (arr. David McKeown) Digital Sheet Music
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Maple Leaf Rag, by Scott Joplin, for Alto Saxophone and Piano (arr. David McKeown)by Scott Joplin Alto Sax and Piano - Digital Sheet Music

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The most popular of Scott Joplins piano rags during his lifetime, The Maple Leaf Rag was published in 1899. Joplin lived for a while in Sedalia, Missouri and the Maple Leaf Club in that town is thought to have provided the name for this composition. It provided Joplin with a steady income for the rest of his life, and while he requested that it be played at his funeral, his wife refused as she felt it inappropriate. It was the first track on Joshua Rifkins famous 1970 revival recording of Joplins music and, never waning in popularity, it has featured in hundreds of films.

This version for Alto Saxophone and Piano includes all four sections of the original composition. The tempo in recorded versions varies widely between 72 and 126, so the marking of 92 is a suggestion only.

Musicians at an advanced intermediate level and above will find this ideal for formal and informal performances. The overall performance time is around four minutes.

Teachers will enjoy using this arrangement as a fun way to help with phrasing, syncopated rhythms and light articulation. 

Click the YouTube link to hear a full performance of the clarinet version of this arrangement.  There are many more top quality arrangements and compositions by David McKeown for you to browse at http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/publishers/david-mckeown/6203?aff_id=673683

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