Antonio Martinez

Searching for an Identity

Augsburg: Ragtime for the Expressive Soul, Op.2 No.25

Alternative title
Augsburg: Ragtime für die Ausdrucksvoll Seele
Antonio Martinez
Antonio Martinez
Jazz / Ragtime
Scored for
Type of score
For a single performer
E flat major
Year of composition

This is the twenty-fifth destination in the collection of the series "Ragtime at the Red Light District." This piece is set at Augsburg's Hasengasse.

The main character in this piece is a 29-year old college professor and aspiring artist. For nearly two weeks, this main character painted many pictures of love and romance with people along some of the city's famous landmarks. Among this character's notable paintings included a wedding proposal outside Bahnpark Augsburg and a bride's walk down the aisle inside St. Anne's Church.

The main character even managed to sketch portraits of forgiveness among cheating husands and wives on the Lech River. However, it was at WWK Arena that the main character saw his best inspiration as the stadium underwent a daring experiment to have the filed converted into one giant ice-skating rink and open to the public. It was here that the main character noticed an elegant, robust woman with pristine auburn hair skating flawlessly. The main character, attaining the image of the woman in mind, painted the portrait of the woman before heading back to an apartment.

To get to that apartment, the main character power walked and navigated toward Hasengasse. It was chance that one right turn away from the apartment, the main character met the auburn-haired woman, who was a working local at Hasengasse. The main character felt humbled to display the portrait to the woman and even went as far as giving the portrait as a gift, stunning the woman. The two proceeded to enjoy a casual dance and roller skate into the night.

This piece has a format of 4AABBCCDBA8. Marie-Auguste Massacrié-Durand "Waltz" (Op. 83, No. 1) was the basis for this piece as this influence is evident during the second section of the piece.

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