The Music, Art and Life of E.T. Paull featuring Bill Edwards/Irwin Kostal Awards
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The Music, Art and Life of E.T. Paull featuring Bill Edwards
Irwin Kostal Awards presented by Dan Redfeld
America's other march king. Presented by Ragtime Pianist/Historian Bill Edwards
Known only nominally more than a century later, and mostly for his vivid color sheet music covers, in the early 1900s E.T. was considered by many music lovers as the "other March King." Take a trip back to a different era of sheet music on the verge of its three-decade explosion of popularity and learn about the impact that Paull and his publishing company had on the industry, and some of the standards he helped to institute that are still with us today. We will also take a journey with him to his Civil War past and even to pre-war Germany, as the man who helped to shape the descriptive piano march provided entertainment value for hundreds of thousands of amateur pianists and orchestras. Meet Edward Taylor Paull, America's "Other March King."
From an early age, William Edwards showed a broad range of musical interests between classical and pop, but soon found his calling performing the music of Scott Joplin and his contemporary ragtime composers.
He developed his pedigree as a performer with a Christmas performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as well as working with or opening for the likes of Dave Brubeck, Al Hirt, Marie Osmond, Mel Tillis and Jo-Ann Castle.
Along with his live performances, Bill has amassed an impressive repertoire of over 40 CD recordings. He also wrote original ragtime compositions, including an award-winning rag titled “The Necromancer” and “The Wiener Schnitzel Rag.” His 2014 composition “Lovely Laughing Lucille” took first prize at the inaugural Blind Boone Ragtime Festival Composition Contest, in addition to winning four more composition awards for his ragtime works.
Since the mid-1980's, the "Perfessor", as he would soon become known, has made appearances at the World Championship of Old-Time PianoPlaying in Peoria, IL, winning the title in 1991. After breaking his left elbow in an accident early in 2002, his days of performing seemed to be counted. With dogged determination, aggressive physical therapy and concentrated practice, however, he would eventually reach (and surpass) his previous skill level and take fourth place just four months after the surgery. He has placed in the top five continuously for over two and a half decades, amassing more medals than any other contestant.
In addition to his work as a performer and contestant, Bill has written several books, articles and web biographies on composers of ragtime and other music from the late 1890s into the 1920s (including the above 400 page book on E.T. Paull), as well as a nearly 1000-page encyclopedia of over 530 female composers of the time period [still pending publication]. Moreover, he has digitally restored all of the covers (89 that were located) of Scott Joplin's music recordings in time for the centennial of his death in 2017.
In 2014, Bill became the Artist in Residence at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MI, taking his passion for the art form to the children of Pettis County. He has since continued to delight audiences of all ages with his knowledge of early composers and performers, creating a new demand for performers in the process, while also making appearances as a contestant, judge or performer at a variety of other traditional jazz and ragtime events.
In 2016, the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation honored him with the highest possible recognition in the field of ragtime: The Scott Joplin Award For Oustanding Achievement in Research, Performance and Advancement of Ragtime.
|Event Date||Saturday, October 3, 2020 12:00 pm|
|Registration Start Date||Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:00 am|
|Cut off date||Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:30 am|