The Cascades for flute sextet
Scott Joplin was the master of ragtime, the U.S. street music at the turn of the 20th century. Intended to be danced or marched, composers admonished performers not to play ragtime music too fast. The Cascades is one of Joplin’s best, exhibiting a charming rollicking rhythm that exemplifies the style to great effect. Interestingly, Joplin had a conservatory education and even composed an opera, in stark contrast to his typical genre. Originally composed for piano, this piece adapts very well for flute ensemble.