Scott Joplin's Solace: A Mexican Serenade Is there syncopation in this piece? How prevalent is syncopation in the melody? ?


Characteristically, rags have a steady "boom-chick, boom-chick" in the left hand, with the bass notes sounding on the beat and chords sounding on the "and" of each beat. Does the left hand play this sort of characteristic figure through Solace, or is it more elaborate than that? 

Do any portions of the piece have a more distinctive 2/4 "feel" in the left hand than other portions? Provide counter numbers. Hint: The tempo of Solace is quite slow.

1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes there is. It's pretty goddamn prevalent.

    No, the left hand doesn't that kind of marching band rhythm in this piece. It's more like a tango.

    The last couple bars of the main theme have more of a 2/4 feel.

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