Mogul Hawk Rag

Scott Joplin was one of my favorite composers when I was a student. I loved to play the 'Maple Leaf Rag', 'Original Rag', and 'The Entertainer'. Those pieces were my break from the rigors of Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven. I loved playing them as fast as I could, watching my left hand bounce back and forth like a blur between those rag-time chords. My Grandpa would always ask me to play my rags whenever I saw him. He loved to hear my rags so much that my grandmother insisted that I play the 'Maple Leaf Rag' at his funeral.

Those Joplin rags make me think of my grandfather when I play them now. From the inspiration of those Joplin rags, I decided to try writing my own rag. One night I started putting together the tune of this rag and within a day or two the whole song came together. I named it the 'Mogul Hawk Rag' after a fictitious creature my son made up. He created the Mogul Hawk from his imagination. It is a large, brown, fierce raptor.

I really enjoy playing the third part of the song. As you will hear from the recording with the crazy ending, it is a really fun section to play fast!

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