Sheet Music: Combination March

TitleCombination March
ComposerScott Joplin (1867–1917)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyB-flat major
RangeC4–G6
Time signature4/4
Tempo90 BPM
Performance time3:15
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-07-13
Last updated2010-07-13
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Tuesday 13 July 2010

Tune of the Day: Combination March

by Scott Joplin

The “Combination March” was Joplin's second published march. Appeared in 1896, it demonstrated the composer's ability to assemble well-structured themes, and is not all that far off from the ragtime he would be writing in short order. Joplin had been traveling with his Texas Medley Quartette (actually double that since there were eight members) and secured publication in Temple, Texas during their tour. The context of the title is unclear, whether Joplin is referring to a combination of styles or ideas, or the group with which he was playing.

Thanks to Guido from Brazil for suggesting this piece!