Antonio Martinez

Searching for an Identity

Aachen: Ragtime for the Enigmatic Soul, Op.2 No.24

Alternative title
Aachen: Ragtime für das Rätselhafte Seele
Antonio Martinez
Antonio Martinez
Jazz / Ragtime
Scored for
Type of score
For a single performer
D minor
Year of composition

This is the twenty-fourth destination in the collection of the series "Ragtime at the Red Light District." This piece is set at Aachen's Antoniusstraße.

The main character in this piece is a 28-year old mystery novelist. This character often dresses in black, yet rarely suggests a negative demeanor. The person's presence gets people excited, especially coming to Aachen nearly a week before Halloween. During the visit, the main character visited many sights that would be inspiration for the next murder novel, including one particular location: that of the border tripoint (where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet), Aachen Rathaus and Scotch Club.

The main character also watched a German Cup first round match at Neuer Tivoli before embarking on an arduous power walk. While walking, the main character discovered a neatly-cleaned black tunic discarded near a run-down garbage truck. The character discreetly took the gear to change into the tunic before heading into Antoniusstraße as sunset approached.

Before the person reached the red-light district, the main character also discovered an eye patch and also discreetly worn the item. The main character entered the district where many working women noticed the man in the black tunic. The women, rather than feeling scared, became curious about the man. That is because the women never had any patrons that were not boring and pushy for love and alcohol. The main character felt honored by the women's comments and one working local even asked the main character to be her true love for an upcoming Halloween function at the district.

This piece uses the format of 4AABBA4CC4ADD. "Dark Eyes" and the composer Arnold Schonberg were the basis for this piece. Schonberg's influence can be felt in the third section, where the twelve-tone scale is used, in addition to a retrograde. Also, the final section ends not in B-flat major, but in F Mixolydian mode.

Upload date: 23 Jan 2016

1.99 USD

1.99 USD
Read license

1.99 USD
Read license

PDF, 608.8 Kb (5 p.)


Log in to post a comment