Inspired by Joplin

Kyle Gann has contributed Texarkana (Mechanical Piano Study No 5) (2000) from his Disklavier Studies

Program note:

Texarkana was the birthplace of both Conlon Nancarrow and Scott Joplin. Nancarrow's favorite pianists were Earl Hines and Art Tatum. Had Nancarrow (1912-1997) and Joplin (1868-1917) ever worked together, or influenced each other, we might have had a ragtime of transcendent rhythmic complexity. Joplin liked his ragtime slow, however, and the Disklavier is a fast medium, so I split the difference between Joplin and Hines and applied Nancarrow's techniques to an early-jazz, still ragtimish style derived from James P. Johnson (1894-1955). Texarkana is built almost throughout on a fast basic rhythm of 29 in the virtual "right hand" against 13 in the "left," with a couple of Johnson quotes, one small Joplin one, and ending in a skewed version of James P.'s solo "Jingles," as recorded in 1930. The piece is dedicated to John Esposito, who may play it any time he likes. 
Texarkana was premiered on November 16, 2000, at Bard College, and performed for the Centennial on April 2nd, 2017 at Ball State University. Other performances: March 15, 2002 at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina, and March 12 and 13, Santa Fe New Music, Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM.