The Lost Left Hand Rag

Abigail Lyons, Illinois Wesleyan University
David Vayo, Faculty Advisor, Illinois Wesleyan University

Description

The Lost Left Hand Rag is meant to be a joke about a performer who is messing up the piece primarily in the left hand part. In the beginning, the player knows the piece pretty well. Already by the repeat of the A material though, he starts missing a few chords and progressively makes more and more blunders until the end, which is a complete train wreck. All of the mistakes are written in the score and there are also some notes for the performer such as "stare at the piano as if you were invisible" and "rit. while thinking." Near the end there are chords in the left hand that are stems with x's instead of note heads where the player is meant to slap his hand on the piano. A lot of inspiration for this piece came from all the mistakes I have made over the years while playing.

 
Apr 20th, 12:15 PM Apr 20th, 2:00 PM

The Lost Left Hand Rag

Young Main Lounge, Memorial Student Center, Illinois Wesleyan University

The Lost Left Hand Rag is meant to be a joke about a performer who is messing up the piece primarily in the left hand part. In the beginning, the player knows the piece pretty well. Already by the repeat of the A material though, he starts missing a few chords and progressively makes more and more blunders until the end, which is a complete train wreck. All of the mistakes are written in the score and there are also some notes for the performer such as "stare at the piano as if you were invisible" and "rit. while thinking." Near the end there are chords in the left hand that are stems with x's instead of note heads where the player is meant to slap his hand on the piano. A lot of inspiration for this piece came from all the mistakes I have made over the years while playing.