"Five Roses Rag" is a concert rag for accordion written in traditional ragtime style. I became very interested in the ragtime form many years ago when I realized that little or no literature existed for the accordion in that genre. Therefore, I decided to do my best to contribute to accordion literature an original (rather than transcribed) ragtime piece that would hopefully open the doors for other composers to do the same. Ragtime is such an integral part of Americana, and it was popular right around the time that the accordion came into being. Furthermore it is an intriguing and immensely interesting compositional form. Therefore, it seemed a shame to me that accordionists could only enjoy this music through transcribed versions of piano rags written by some of the more popular ragtime composers of the era.
This particular rag was written for my wife on our fifth wedding anniversary (hence the name), and tries to explore some real tricky technical passages as well as more adventurous harmonic transitions than its original 1800's counterparts. I hope you enjoy this piece and that it hopefully will take you back to a time when the accordion should have had its rightful place in this literature."