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 May Aufderheide  (1888-1972)

Quoting from the Arcadian Press sheet notes: "May Aufderheide was one of the most successful of the women ragtime composers. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 21, 1888. She studied classical music and was a popular pianist in her home town area. She loved popular music and, in addition to playing rags, started to compose her own. Her first published composition, "Dusty Rag" (1908), was a hit and is considered the first major rag from the Indianapolis - Ohio Valley. "Dusty Rag" was so successful that her father started his own music publishing company. In the following four years J.H. Aufderheide Music Publishing Company published 18 other compositions by May Aufderheide. She married Thomas M. Kaufmann in 1908 who joined her father's primary business, a loan company. She seemed to have stopped composing and publishing somewhere around 1915. They had one son and, in 1947, moved to Southern California. May Aufderheide died in Pasadena, California on September 1, 1972.
List of May Aufderheide's works.
Further reading:
Ragtime (Modern Library), by David A. Jasen and Trebor Jay Tichenor (New York: Seabury Press, 1978)
Women Composers of Ragtime, by Carolynn A. Lindemann Theodor Presser Company, 1985)


Sheet Music:

  1. [§] Blue Ribbon Rag (1910), Treble(Tenor)/Tenor/Tenor/Bass+Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
  2. [§] Buzzer Rag (1909), Descant/Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
  3. [§] Buzzer Rag (1909), Descant/Tenor/Tenor/Bass dbe15.gifmp315.gif
  4. [§] Dusty (1908), Descant/Tenor/Tenor+Bass/Bass+Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
  5. [§] Dusty Rag (1908), Sopranino/Treble/Tenor/Bass
  6. [§] I Want a Patriotic Girl (1911), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)/Vocal(Optional Tenor) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
  7. [§] Novelty Rag (1911), Tenor/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
  8. [§] The Richmond Rag (1908), Treble/Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
  9. [§] The Richmond Rag (1909), Sopranino/Treble/Tenor/Bass
  10. [§] The Thriller! (1909), Descant/Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
  11. [§] A Totally Different Rag (1910), Descant/Descant/Tenor/Bass
  12. [§] A Totally Different Rag (1910), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
13. More sheet music at Ditty Box Enterprises
Further sheet music at DBE: ON HOLD
Websites:
May Aufderheide , biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Judith Alstadter on "Women Composers: Romantic to Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Once Upon a Rag Time" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Sunday Morning" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Chrysanthemum Ragtime Band on "Preserves" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Chrysanthemum Ragtime Band on "Preserves, Vol. 1" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Virginia Eskin on "Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Women in Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Nancy Fierro on "Rags And Riches" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Audley Green on "Spirituals and Rags" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Frederick Hodges on "Kitten on the Keys: Ragtime, Novelty & Stride Classics" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Pianola Ragtime: Early Piano Jazz and Ragtime Played on Pianola Rolls: Vol. 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Spirit of Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "The Traditional Jazz Ragtime Collection" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath on "The Ragtime Women" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra on "Grace and Beauty" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra on "New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor on "Ragtime Reunion" 
cd15.gif Bryan Wright on "Syncopated Musings: Classic Piano Rags and Ragtime Waltzes" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif