How to Play Maple Leaf Rag – Marimba Sheet Music for Two Players

The “Maple Leaf Rag” is a rag time composed by Scott Joplin. Joplin, a pianist himself, was described as the king of rag. “Ragged” means syncopated rhythm, which is the characteristic of this musical style. The song, as a typical ragtime, consists of a series of musical phrases, often repeated, that build the different parts of the piece.

Joplin’s composition was published in 1899. Although the contract gave only the minimum royalty to the composer – $0.01 on the sales with a minimum sales price of $0.25 – it is said that the income was enough for the rest of his life. Many artists have continued to record “Maple Leaf” after Joplin’s death to our days.

You will find here a PDF file with marimba sheet music (2 players) for free download.

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Sheet Music Details

In the following arrangement the marimba players switch positions, allowing each marimbist to play the bass and treble parts.

The key is C minor, in 2/4 meter. The score is quite demanding in speed, mostly in passages of sixteenth notes. So, it is addressed to students of higher levels or professional musicians.

Maple Leaf – Free Marimba Sheet Music (2 players) PDF

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Marimba Arrangement for Two Players Sound File

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Maple Leaf Rag for Piano

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