Pijlon is an anagram of Joplin, and this piece pays homage to the classic ragtime style, which, as Joplin said, should not be played too fast so that you can experience the “intoxicating rhythms.” This intermediate solo will become a go-to piece in your studio for students who are interested in playing more ragtime-style pieces. It is leveled in between Flagler’s Folly Rag and Professor King’s Celebrated All-Purpose Exceptional Invigorating Effectacious Good-Time Spirited Composition for the Modern Piano-Forte.
Key: C major
Mood: happy, old-time nostalgic
Pedagogy: syncopation, chromatic harmonies, staccato, controlled tempo, sonata-allegro form