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Playing Felix Arndt's Nola on Piano for My Playful Little Dog!

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Playing Felix Arndt's Nola on Piano for My Playful Little Dog! Please check out A Star is Born, too: http://youtu.be/i0EBMx0pPuc "Sarge" - short for Sgt. Pepper -- loves piano music! Sarge is a black miniature schnauzer we rescued from the Harris County animal shelter earlier this year. He's a very happy, playful little dog - but he becomes especially playful whenever he hears me play piano, especially fast songs. As you'll see here, Sarge really seems to enjoy Nola, so much so that he tumbles off the sofa around the 2 minute mark in the video! (Don't worry - He wasn't hurt. He bounces right back up and continues playing!!) Composed by Felix Arndt in 1915, Nola ushered in a period of music known as "novelty piano." It turbo-charged some elements of the then-popular ragtime music, like the syncopation and stride, and added very technical chromatic flourishes. (There's a perfect example starting around 1:13 in the video!) The composers of novelty piano music were highly skilled classical pianists, and the new musical style gave them the chance to showcase their talents. The genre of novelty music developed in large part because of advances in TECHNOLOGY. Before 1910, it was critical for composers to write sheet music that the typical pianist could learn and play in his own home. But in the 1910s, player pianos and phonographs became commonplace in American homes, giving composers more flexibility in writing technically challenging music because -- for the first time in history -- the general public could hear and enjoy piano music without having to actually play it themselves. Felix Arndt was a prolific composer, and he recorded over 3000 player piano rolls. His compositions had a pronounced influence on George Gershwin. Unfortunately, Arndt died very young -- in 1918 at the age of 29 -- during the Spanish Flu pandemic that infected over 500 million people and led to the death of up to 100 million.