[Dixielandjazz] The Virtuoso Rag & Great Fred Harding Circus Shout

Robert S. Ringwald robert at ringwald.com
Wed Apr 14 08:40:02 PDT 2004

Below is an answer from Jim Turner regarding the "Great Fred Harding Circus
Shout" and the "The Virtuoso Rag", written by Johnny Guarnieri.

 Sent: Monday, April 12, 2004 9:41 PM
Subject: The Virtuoso Rag

> Hi Bob:
> The Johnny Guarnieri piece was not the GFHCS but "The
> Virtuoso Rag."  There are two pieces -- the 2nd one is
> called "The Virtuoso Rag, Part 2."  The two may be
> played separately or together.
> The story about the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee Pianorama
> is true, and Johnny was rather disappointed that he
> was not able to play it with Dick because Dick had not
> had enough time to learn "Part 2."  The pieces are too
> difficult to sightread.
> I have performed both of them as solos and also "Part
> 2" with Andrew Fielding playing "Part I."  We did them
> together at an Old Town Music Hall Ragtime Festival,
> at a duo-piano recital we gave in Pacific Grove in
> around 1988, and perhaps elsewhere.  I may have played
> one or both of them as solos in Sacramento, but I
> don't think Andrew and I ever played them together
> there.
> Don't know if anyone else has ever played them -- or,
> for that matter, the Great Fred Harding Circus Shout,
> which I still play from time to time at the Landing,
> and which has no companion piece.  Just for the sake
> of completeness, there is another later Guarnieri
> piece entitled The Great Fred Harding Gumshoe Caper.
> It is not designed to be played with the earlier
> piece.
> Best,
> -- Jim
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