MEPHISTO RAG


Listen: Mephisto Rag

Performed By: Virginia Eskin, piano

Instrumentation:
Solo piano

Duration: 8 minutes

Commissioned By:
Judith Tick, with funds made available from the Matthews University Distinguished Professor Fund, Northeastern University, Boston

Premiere:
October 26, 2000 by Virginia Eskin, piano

Available From:
Oxford University Press, distributed by Goodmusic Publishing

Composer's Notes:
The Mephisto Rag is a ragtime fantasy grand piano showpiece. Recalling Franz Liszt's Mephisto Waltz throughout the work, the piece consists of three sections: a fantasy on Mephisto Waltz themes, a game in two sections, and a presto finale.
 
— Libby Larsen

 

Additional Information:
The video features Margaret Mills, piano. A recording is available on the CD Licorice Stick, available from Libby Larsen Publishing

Score Errata:
-m. 13, RH, beat 3: D-flat (lowest note of the second sixteenth note)
-m. 35, RH, beat 1-2: the E-flat at the end of the first beat should be tied to the second
-m. 99, RH, beat 2: remove the E-flat
-m. 116, LH, beat 3: should be an A-flat instead of G-flat
-m. 150, RH, beat 4: F-sharp (for the sixth 32nd note)