Gold Rush Rags
Songbook composed by Barbara Becker
While the ragtime genre really did not exist during the California Gold Rush, this collection of evocative ragtime solos by Barbara Becker, offers a musical glimpse into that wild time as San Francisco appeared and then boomed with activity. Picture a gentle dance late at night in a saloon; the joyous hope and the frequent disappointment associated with prospecting for gold; Lola Montez’s moaning about some so-and-so who did her wrong; “Mr. Moneybags” John Sutter preening in the city; and tired miners drowning their sorrows on Saturday night, then shuffling off to bed. These fun pieces fit right in with the period’s expectations of instant wealth, juxtaposed against the back-breaking work, often for little return.
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About the composer
Barbara Becker lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a pianist, composer, and teacher. Her pedagogically sound works, with their evocative titles and exquisite harmonies, expose developing musicians of all ages and levels to the wonders of music.
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