Ragtime Trios for Strings

These 26 arrangements of classic ragtime pieces will provide you and your musical colleagues with many hours of rhythmic adventure and joy to share with your audiences. This collection includes works of composers that lots of folks know, such as Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, and Tom Turpin in addition to works of composers that may be new discoveries to lots of folks, such as George Botsford, Charles L. Johnson, Joseph Lamb, and Mamie E. Williams. The handy program notes at the end of this collection should provide you with interesting tidbits about all the composers and their works.

Each of the collections in the Trios for Strings series consists of nine individual part books. Each of the three trio parts (A, B, and C) are available for violins, violas, and cellos.

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Violin (treble clef), Viola (viola clef), or Cello (bass clef)

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Tunes in this Collection...
Arndt, “Toots”
Blake, “The Chevy Chase”
Botsford, “Black and White Rag”
Bowman, “12th Street Rag”
Cobb, “Alabama Jubilee”
Confrey, “Stumbling”
Gershwin/Donaldson, “Rialto Ripples”
Harney/Biller, “You’ve Been a Good Old Wagon, But You’ve Done Broke Down”
Johnson, “Dill Pickles”
Joplin, “The Entertainer”
Joplin, “The Ragtime Dance”
Klickmann, “Knock Out Drops”
Lamb, “Bohemia”
Lodge, “Black Diamond Rag”
Losey, “Tanglefoot Rag”
Moore, “Old Si’s Fiddle, a Down East Medley”
Original Dixieland Jazz Band, “Tiger Rag”
Pollack, “That’s A Plenty”
Powell, “Missouri Rag”
Pratt, “On the Rural Route”
Richmond, “Sunflower Tickle”
Scott, “Rag Sentimental”
Stark, “Trombone Johnsen”
Sweatman, “Down Home Rag”
Turpin, “The Buffalo Rag”
Williams, “Pig Ankles”


“This new folio in the impressively large catalog of Greenblatt and Seay retains three admirable qualities of their previous work – clear, properly printed notation, choice of technical level for each instrument, and a variety of tunes not normally included in such introductory publications of ragtime. These are not beginner books. Within the piece each instrument gets to play some part of the melody... a welcomed edition that gives more players in small groups the joy of performing unusual and classic rags.

I would recommend that chamber music groups take a look at this and other editions from the publisher. The catalog itself opens to a world of international popular music, all available from one proven source.”

...David Reffkin, Ragtimers.org , July 2015

“There’s no stopping Deborah Greenblatt in her search for more entertaining music in the chamber music arena. Her publications to date have included duos, trios and quartets in every conceivable string combination, utilizing tunes from all over the world.

Ragtime enthusiasts will be delighted with her latest compilation, Ragtime Trios, which is as usual, available in multiple string parts, depending on players’ preferences for clefs.

26 arrangements, ranging through Scott Joplin, George Gershwin and many more will provide hours of fun and enjoyment.

From Tiger Rag by the original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917, to The Chevy Chase, Buffalo Rag and Pig Ankles, these popular tunes evoke the good old days of the early 1900’s, a special time in musical history.

Greenblatt’s Program Notes are as ever, engaging and witty.”

...Mary Nemet Stringendo, Journal of the Australian Strings Association Ltd., April 2016
used by permission of AUSTA National Journal Editor

“In general, these tunes are more advanced than those in the Celtic Trios for Strings books. The ragtime books include interesting and amusing notes on the tunes and composers – these help bring the tunes to life and would, if performing, provide fun information for audiences. Greenblatt provides a great resource for those who perform traditional music as duos, trios, or quartets, as well as students who enjoy practicing with a friend or two.”

...Mary Larsen Fiddler Magazine, Winter 2018/2019

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