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The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

Minding the Score: The Music of Harry L. Alford

€ 19.95
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  • Type CD
  • Label New World Records
  • UPC 0093228074328
  • Catalog number NW 80743
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About the album

While Harry L. Alford (1875–1939) was a composer of rare talent and imagination, the creation of melodies was only of peripheral interest. Alford yearned for something quite different and new— working exclusively as an “arranger of music.”

In the 1890s, when Alford formed this ambition, no such profession yet existed. Alford’s vision of a large-scale independent bureau serving publishers, producers, theatrical stars, conductors, composers, and songwriters with ingenious, instantaneous, made-to-order musical arrangements had no precedent. 

Alford arrangements were commissioned by almost all of the nation’s music publishers and his songwriter and composer clients formed a virtual “who’s who” of American popular music of the early twentieth century. Dozens of the biggest pop hits of the 1910s and ’20s were first introduced to the public as “clothed” by Harry Alford. Vaudeville was America’s leading form of entertainment, and during its golden age Alford was the composer/arranger of choice for every top vaude act.

Harry Alford’s influence on American music was powerful as a result.

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    The Hustler
     
    02:21
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    Jazorient
     
    03:18
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    Some of These Days & My Ever Lovin' Southern Gal
     
    02:45
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    Roll 'Em Up
     
    02:15
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    Just a-Wearyin' for You
     
    02:19
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    The Smiler
     
    01:43
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    The Smiler Rag
     
    03:08
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    Fiancée: The Bride to Be
     
    05:41
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    Jazette
     
    02:34
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    The Memphis Blues
     
    02:57
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    Independent Moving Picture March
     
    02:44
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    Let Me Call You Sweetheart
     
    03:58
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    The Peacemaker
     
    02:56
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    Jazz Elite
     
    03:38
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    Spooks: A Midnight Chase
     
    03:52
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    A Perfect Day
     
    02:58
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    Memories
     
    01:31
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    Memories
     
    02:13
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    Shapiro's Song Successes No. 4
     
    09:53
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    Call of the Elk: The Official B.P.O.E. March
     
    03:28

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