( - 1937)
     Le Joyeux Nègre cake walk - 1903

J AERST      The Boston Rag (ragtime pour piano) - 1917


     Loin dans l'Inde Fox Trot - 1927

LUCIA ALAUX      Les Yeux Bleus Fox Trot - 1923


     L'Ours et l'Eléphant Fox Trot - 1920

     Jules shimmy-fox-trot - 1922

CHARLES D'ARBOR      Negro's jazz shimmy-fox-trot - 1923

JACQUES ARNEY      Maréchal Dancing - 1920

ENRIQUE ARENAS      Le Pas du Serpent one step - 1914

JEAN ANTIGA      Satanas Fox Trot - 1922

(prob. pseudonym)
     Célèbre Cake-Walk - 1903 [PDF, 1184 Ko]

     Publiée dans la revue "Paris qui Chante" en janvier 1903. Un grand merci à Hervé DAVID pour ce document.

MARC AUBER      The Shimmy's Time jazz-fox-trot - 1920

     Kimono Fox Trot - 1921

     Le Casoar Fox Trot - 1919


     Mado danse le fox-trot - 1926

     Le fameux Huron-Donal - 1926

( -1916)

     Les Nègres Blancs - 1903 [PDF, 344 Ko]

     Thank you www.imagesmusicales.be for this document.

CHARLES BAUDELOT      Monsieur sourire Fox Trot - 1925

     Tà-tà fox-trot - 1920

     Négus - 1922

     Patati Patata - 1922

     le Pharaon - 1924

     Très élégant - 1923

     Couçi-couça - 1924

     La Vie est Belle fox blues - 1925

( -1943)
     No biographical data available at the moment. Published in the The Journal of Music, this composition is a curiosity: the composer has retained of the authentic cakewalk is the typical rhythm of "syncopette". However ther is also an interesting explanation on how the cakewalk was danced in the French salons of the early twentieth century.

     Cake Walk de salon - 1903 [PDF, 1606 Ko]

     Rag-nocturne - 1930


Rodolphe BERGER

     Modern Style - 1902

     Joyeux Nègres - 1903 [MP3, 724 Ko]

     Joyeux Nègres - 1903 [PDF, 100 Ko]

     One of the first published instrumental Cakewalk in France, in 1903, and also issued on the Idéal 148 wax cylinder, which can be heard on this MP3. We'd like to thank Mr. Gérard FRAPPE for his kind permission of including here this incredibly rare document.

     This Cakewalk was composed by a «musique légère» composer, renowned at that time, who was nicknamed "le roi de la Valse". BERGER, composer of the famous "Amoureuse - Valse Lente" actually wrote numerous piano pieces, mainly dances (waltzes, polkas, redowas etc...) as well some other "characteristic” pieces. Best remembered for his «Amoureuse», he has composed "Joyeux Nègres" after hearing primitive Ragtime music played by J. P. SOUSA at the Paris World’s Fair in 1900. In fact, the music of this cakewalk could be compared to another American compositions of the same time, like for example «Policy Sam», composed by Joseph GIOSCIA in 1900 and featured in SOUSA’s concert repertoire. In every aspects (melodic formula, form, even title) BERGER has succeed in creating a beautifully inspired and genuine cakewalk for piano.
JEAN BERNARD      Le Petit Nègre cake walk - 1903


     Le Paon Royal

     Dany - 1921

     Soun fox trot oriental - 1924

( -1937)
     Wilson-Rag (rag-time, pour orchestre)

DE BERRIE      My Hobby - 1928

(prob. pseudonym)
     Caddie one or two step rag - 1913

<J BILOIRE      Le Cake Walk des Salons - 1903

M G BOLOGNE      Master Punch Fox Trot - 1928


     Composer, symphonic orchestra conductor and church organist, ERMEND BONNAL (real name Joseph-Ermend BONNAL) loved popular instrumental music and dances from the Belle-Epoque era. He consequently wrote some piano solos, mainly in the Ragtime idiom, under the pseudonym of Guy MARYLIS.

     A complete biography with picture is available on the well-documented Ermend BONNAL website.

     The Flea (Ragtime)

     Shut up (Ragtime)

     All Right (Two Step)

     Ciudad Real (Tango)

     One step – nouveau riche

     Les Puces (One Step)

     Eunuques (One Step)

( -1963 )
     Ribouis, rag-time, pour orchestre - 1924


     L'amour est maître - 1925

     La légende de L'Isle-Adam - 1925

( -1930)
     Moi aimer toi ! - 1904


     The King Of The Cake-Walk - 1903 [ZIP, 282 Ko]

     Merci à www.imagesmusicales.be pour ce document.
     Cak - Walk - Irie - 1914       (Lyrics) [MP3, 835 Ko]

     This Ragtime song composed by a French composer was inscribed in the famous cabaret artist MISTINGUETT repertoire (her real name was Jeanne BOURGEOIS). Because she particularly appraised Ragtime music, she often sing and dance Ragtime song and Cake Walk dance for the Parisian audience in the 20's in her shows. She has also encouraged some "Hot Tune" writers like Henri CHRISTINE to compose ragtimes and syncopated songs for her.
     Dans Mon Aéroplane - 1905 [PDF, 1087 Ko]

     Dans Mon Aéroplane - 1905 [MP3, 950 Ko]

     Sample of an old 78rpm Aspri disc from the early 1910's, with FRAGSON singing. This song is a typical example of "double meaning" lyrics song as it was popular during the Belle-Epoque era.

     A La Martinique - 1912 [MP3, 917 Ko]
     Adapted from the 1912 song "The Belle of the Barber's Ball" by Georges M. COHAN, originally sung by FRAGSON and then in 1916 by MAYOL.
     The French lyrics of this song are another typical example of the French racist mentality of that time, which reminds of the racial stereotypes in American minstrel songs.
     We'd like to thank the californian Ragtime artist Tom BRIER (his recordings published by STOMP OFF are highly recommended) for MIDI-recording this beautiful song.

     Composer of " musique légère ", Justin CLERICE's musical works illustrated principally ballets and opérettes. Born in 1863 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in a French family soon rapatriated, CLERICE practised music still in infancy. After studying at the conservatoire de Paris, he started composing for dance, ballets and theatrical scenes. Towards 1900, CLERICE producted a large repertory of music for solo instrument - mainly piano - in a then-in-vogue genre named "musique de salon" (waltzes, habaneras, romances, marches etc.) It should be noted that piano music by CLERICE is distinctive by its musical quality.

     Parisian-Niggers (fantaisie nègre) - 1903 [PDF, 977 Ko]
     Sub-titled "fantaisie nègre", this composition is actually a cake-walk, among the first published in our country. CLERICE followed the classic cake-walk format, which reminds the works by the famous American Ragtime composer, Kerry MILLS.

     Négrita (Habanera) - 1892 [PDF, 1264 Ko]
     Négrita is a beautiful and melodious composition that is preceding a fashion that will focuses on latin rhythms in America towards 1910 - Will TYERS ("PANAMA", "TROCHA", "PORTO RICO") being the most famous Ragtime composer in this genre.

     American March - 1901 [PDF, 1675 Ko]

( -1973)

     Absurdity (Rag Time), one-step, pour orchestre - 1923

( -1932)

     Shadow Rag intermezzo fox-trot pour orchestre


     Une Noce de Nègres cake walk - 1903


     General Lavine Eccentric

     Golliwog's Cake-Walk - 1908
[PDF, 148 Ko]

     Le Petit Nègre - 1909 [PDF, 80 Ko]

     Minstrels - 1910 [PDF, 161 Ko]

     The piano pieces above were composed by a classical composer, showing how Cake-walk rhythms could be "interpreted" by a composer with a formal music background. Of course those pieces could not pass for genuine african-american cake-walks, but DEBUSSY took the ideas of syncopation and music structure, adapting them to through his creative mind, to realize new and inspired chef-d'oeuvres.

     We'd like to thank Mr. Pierre GOUIN (Canada) for his permission of including here these PDF scores.
(Original PDF source: http://icking-music-archive.org/)

     Lucien DENNI has a special place here in "Le Ragtime français", because, even if he was educated and spent almost his entire life in the U.S., he was born French citizen in the city of Nancy in 1886. Composer, DENNI studied music at the Columbia College before being vaudeville and band pianist. He later became conductor of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and music director of the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York. Not primilarly a Ragtime composer, he wrote some numbers in the genre respecting the classic ragtime style.

     The Red Devil - 1910 [PDF, 621 Ko]

     Candied Cherries Rag - 1911 [PDF, 743 Ko]
(Original PDF source: http://www.ragtimepiano.ca/)

     Senorita-Rag - 1912

     Syncopatin' Lovin' Louise - 1913

     Ragapation - 1915

     Ragtime In Colonial Days - 1917

     We unfortunately found no biographical sketch for this composer, although he was probably active in the 1890's-1900's. A cylinder recording Pathé 7021 dated from 1906 exists, recorded by the military band of the French Garde Républicaine.

     Le Vrai Cake-Walk - 1906 [MP3, 1091 Ko]

     Le Vrai Cake-Walk - 1906 (sheet music) [ZIP, 1178 Ko]

     Primilarly a Classical pianist, Clément DOUCET was initiated to Jazz music during a short stay in the U.S.A ca1920-1923, before creating with his friend Jean WIENER the famous "Wiener et Doucet" pianos duet that lasted until 1939. Contrary to WIENER, he did not succeed in throwing his musical career again after WW2, and he disappeared from the musical scene.

     Yet a popular artist during his times, befriended with Jean COCTEAU and Darius MILHAUD, and pianist at the legendary restaurant-cabaret "Le Boeuf sur le Toit", Clément DOUCET is noticeable - as demonstrated by his disc recordings - for his beautiful and precise piano technique, coming from his Classical music training, as well his composition and playing style that incontestably come from the Novelty Ragtime movement that was "à la mode" at that time in the USA. As a result, he has composed, like Zez CONFREY did, some "Fox Trot arrangement" dixit the sheet music subtitles of Classical music themes by Frederic CHOPIN and Richard WAGNER

      Chopinata - 1927 (piano roll) [MP3, 2585 Ko]

     The MP3 recording above is the Pleyela hand-played piano roll cut by DOUCET, recorded on a PLEYELA grand player piano by the French collector and player piano specialist Vincent THEBAULT. Three versions of CHOPINATA Fantasia in fox trot rhythm on the motifs of Chopin were released under piano roll form during the 20's: two mechanically cut - by Salabert and Odeola - and one hand-played by the composer, under the Pleyela label. Clément DOUCET also made an electrical disc recording released in 1927 under Columbia D 13009 reference.

     Chopinata - 1927 (Columbia recording) [MP3, 1930 Ko]

     CHOPINATA was first recorded by DOUCET before Christmas 1926, when the Wiéner et Doucet duo was making his recording debut in the londonian studios of the Columbia company. As wrote WIENER in his autobiography, the CHOPINATA recording sold particularly and surprising well, and DOUCET was asked by the French division of Columbia to renew a matrix for CHOPINATA, which he did some monthes later, in Paris, almost note-for-note. It is this second version that on can hear above.

     Chopinata - 1927 (F. Elizalde & His Orchestra) [MP3, 2736 Ko]

     Chopinata - 1927 (C # minor version sheet music) [PDF, 635 Ko]

     Wagnereske [aka Wagneria] - 1927 (Columbia 78rpm #D13027) [MP3, 2057 Ko]

     Wagnereske [aka Wagneria] - 1927 (sheet music) [PDF, 954 Ko]

     Isoldina - 1927 (Columbia 78rpm #13027) [MP3, 1462 Ko]

     Isoldina - 1927 (sheet music) [PDF, 248 Ko]

     Hungaria [aka Lisztonia] - 1928 (partition) [PDF, 735 Ko]

     La Vache dans la Cave - 1926 [MP3, 2135 Ko]

     Griegiana - 1927 (unpublished)

     A Six Cylinder Rag-Time - 1929 [ZIP, 340 Ko]

     Chicken Pie - 1929 [PDF, 250 Ko]
DANIEL ERICOURT      Pièce en forme de rag, pour piano - 1924
     Marche Nègre - 1903 [PDF, 453 Ko]

     Jumbo Rag - 1913 [PDF, 263 Ko]
born in 1876
died in 1951
     Oncle Tom - 1903 [PDF, 402 Ko]

( -1934 )
     Homard-Dance novelty for rag time - 1913
     Tomy One step, rag ou schottisch - 1914
     Caïman's Rag - 1915
     Shrimp's Dance (Danse des crevettes) New rag-time, pour orchestre - 1926

     Cake-Walk - 1902 [ZIP, 424 Ko]

     Thank you www.imagesmusicales.be pour ce document.
( -1957)
     Maxim's Rag - 1913 [GIF, 98 Ko]

     Publié par F. D. MARCHETTI à Paris en 1913.

     The Cok Crow american rag - 1914
(1876- 1951)
     Oncle Tom - 1903 [PDF, 402 Ko]

JOHN HARWAY      Paris-Rag, pour piano - 1919

A LEBERT      American Welcome Intermezzo (Rag-time) - 1917

GABRIEL LORDON      Jolly Cake Walk - 1903 [PDF, 1388 Ko]

     A little curiosity in an early musical review published in July 1903. A big thanks to Hervé DAVID for this document.
     Résumé biographique sur le site http://www.asmpq.net/margis/vie.htm

     Cock-Tail [PDF, 344 Ko]
EMILE MARTRON      No biographical informations for this French composer, published by a Dutch music publisher.

     Black Tommy (Intermezzo Two Step) [GIF, 144 Ko]

     Oh! My Niggergirl! (Intermezzo Two Step) [GIF, 194 Ko]

     Source de l'information: http://www.hjalmar.fr/music.htm

     Wedding-Fun "Le Vrai Rag-Time" [MID, 20 Ko]

     Raoul MORETTI is best remembered nowadays for his operetta and film works. He enjoyed popularity from his first success "En Chemyse" (1924), to 1932, with the movie "Il est charmant". However, his biggest hit has been the operetta "Comte Obligado" in 1927. Classicaly trained, pianist and owning his own music publishing house in its town, MARSEILLE, he particarly liked to write songs, most of them later featured in the "vaudeville" stars's repertoire, among them Maurice CHEVALIER, MISSTINGUETT or DRANEM.

     But his earliest publications, published under his own name in his 20's have been injustly neglected. Jean-Christophe AVERTY, one of the most important French specialist of Vaudeville and popular music spent many hours in the SACEM archives back in the 60's and 70's to find applications ("bulletin de déclaration") and dig out scores and music manuscripts related to Ragtime music in France. Of course, with his 20 music ragtime-like pieces, MORETTI was one of the most important French Ragtime composer that AVERTY discovered.

application written by MORETTI
     Concerning the musical interest of MORETTI's works, one must keep in mind the Irving BERLIN's songs and "ragtime songs" influence at that time (from 1912 to 1920), as I explained in the "Historical" page of the website. As a result, MORETTI followed the rules of this "ragtime songs" fad, by writing himself ragtime-like song and piano solo fox trots. Only one composition is expressively named "RAG" ("HURRY UP BE QUICK! Rag"). This piece follows the classic ragtime AABBACCDD format, but clearly has a "ONE-STEP" flavor.

     Baby Fox Trot [GIF, 313 Ko]

     Buenos Ayres (Tango)

     Excentric Fox Trot [GIF, 338 Ko]

     Hurry Up Be Quick! Rag [GIF, 369 Ko]

     C'est Merveilleux (Fox Trot)

     Mayonnaise Fox Trot [GIF, 374 Ko]

     Mimi Coco (One-Step) [JPG, 297 Ko]

     Tank Fox Trot [GIF, 277 Ko]

     The Rajah Fox Trot [JPG, 326 Ko]

     Tommy's Love (Fox Trot Fantaisiste)

     Voilà Pourquoi - Because (Fox Trot)

     Even if he is know completely forgotten, the professional composer and cornet player, Julien PORRET enjoyed a long, varied and successful musical life that have been carefully retraced and written by one of his surviving sons, Henri PORRET, in a biographical book.

     Primilarly a cornet player, Julien PORRET started to work in various parisian orchestras at age 16, in addition to a steady job in an amusement park where he formed and conducted a little band.

     In January 1915, Gabriel PARES, a famous military band leader of that time was forming a new orchestra, the "French Army Band", and hired Julien PORRET as a cornet solo player, and the whole band left Le Havre for an American tour that led the band from New York City, Chicago and finally San Francisco. There, PORRET wrote his "Powell Street One Step", being the first French to compose a "rag" in the USA. Even if PORRET never returned later to America, he kept an entire-life interest in Jazz and Ragtime music, still composing classic-rags and fox trot instrumental compositions in the 20's for French sound-movies and dance bands. (Complete Ragtime catalogue viewable here)

     If Julien PORRET should deserve a special place as a French Ragtime composer it is because - according to the californian Ragtime specialist Tom BRIER - "he caught the Rag flavor better than most European Ragtime composers".

     Swansea - 1913 [MP3, 188 Ko]

     The Lucky Tramp (Cakewalk) - 1914 [MP3, 302 Ko]

     Brooklyn (Rag Time) - 1914 [MP3, 345 Ko]

     Jolly Boy - 1914 (sheet music) [PDF, 223 Ko]

     Jolly Boy - 1914 [MP3, 232 Ko]

     Old Peter (Sand Dance) - 1914 [MP3, 232 Ko]

     Powell Street (One Step) - 1915 [MP3, 287 Ko]

     Tom Keene (Fox Trot) - 1918 [PDF, 501 Ko]

     Luck by Luck (Rag Time) - 1918 [MP3, 217 Ko]

     Real Pleasure (Rag Time)

     Plucky - 1921
[MP3, 208 Ko]

     Sliding Kitty - 1923 (sheet music) [PDF, 950 Ko]

     A Jopling Story - 1924 [MP3, 278 Ko]

     Tommy’s dance (Rag-Time)

     American Picnic (Rag-Time)

     Bono Mam’zelle (Negro March)

     Dans ses grands yeux bleus ! (Fox-trot) - 1923

     Margot que j’aime (Fox-trot)

     N’imitons pas les jaloux (Fox-trot)

     Nos cousettes (Fox-trot)

     Ocean blue (One-Step)

     Parisian flirt (Fox-trot)

     Le Piccadilly - 1904

     La Diva de L'Empire (Intermezzo Américain) - 1919
[MP3, 701 Ko]

     Ragtime Parade - 1919 [PDF, 184 Ko]

Dimitri Tiomkin
     Albertina Rasch Step - 1928 [MP3, 211 Ko]

     Creoles Blues - 1929 [MP3, 566 Ko]

     Extracts from a revue created at the Moulin Rouge in 1929.
born in 1891
died in 1965

     Mon Homme - 1920

     Fox-Trot composed by the famous Parisian music-hall artist Maurice YVAIN and published by Salabert in 1920. Although this piece was first intented for dancing (solo piano score), Yvain often performed it with lyrics for his cabaret shows.

     The midi file posted here is a trancription of the Ampico piano roll number 261091 recorded in 1926 by pianist/composer well-known for his several musicals played in Broadway theater in NYC, Vincent YOUMANS (1898 - 1946).

     Pays de Rêve - 1921
     (Mélodie Shimmy)

     Words by Jacques-Charles, L Jean BOYER & Music by Maurice YVAIN.
     Published in a little format by the Parisian publisher Francis SALABERT (cf the Historical pages of this site about the importance of Salabert in French History of Ragtime music), the cover features a beautiful drawing with a little picture ("as sung by") of the cabaret singer Watson, of which we know nothing at the moment.
     The music is a typical ragged fox-trot, which could be played as a solo, - I believe in fact that the lyrics have been added on the music only after.

     Si Vous N'Aimez Pas Ca (Jazz Kings Orch. 1923) [MP3, 2100 Ko]

     Gosse de Riche (Fox Trot)

     Mister Ragtime (One Step)
[MP3, 788 Ko]

     Mister Ragtime (One Step) player piano roll recording [MP3, 958 Ko]

     J'me donne (Fox Trot Shimmy)

     Cache Ton Piano (One Step)
born in 1896
died in 1982


     Haarlem - 1929 [PDF, 188 Ko]

     Blues - 1929 [PDF, 302 Ko]

     The Sousa's Cake Walk - 1902 [ZIP, 344 Ko]

     Merci à www.imagesmusicales.be pour ce document.

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