The music performed by the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra draws from an amazing collection of historic sheet music, totaling over 10,000 titles from 1862 to 1930. All of this material is used in PRSO’s concert and silent film activities. For more information on each of the collections we use, see below.
Some of the music from our collections are available for rental, please see the “Score Rentals” portion of our website for more information.
This music collection, acquired in 2011, features 500 rare and hard-to-find orchestrations, primarily focusing on the concert stage and film accompaniment. Included in the Ziegler collection are selections and overtures from the works of Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern, Louis A. Hirsch, and dozens of other luminaries of the theatre, over 100 original silent film accompaniment ‘cues’, and over 200 classical music selections. The collection originally belonged to Violinist and Conductor Arthur C. Ziegler, who at one time was principal 1st Violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Peacherine proudly announces the acquisition of the orchestra collection of noted ragtime performer Johnny Maddox in March of 2018. Mr. Maddox’s incredible collection of over 1000 classic rags, popular numbers, and more from the ragtime era was acquired over his lifetime of performing and collecting and represents a rare slice of American popular music. We are very thankful to the Maddox Family and to Johnny for preserving this music and its contents will be utilized by Peacherine for many more years to come.
This incredible collection of over 6000 original orchestrations has been collected by Peacherine’s founder and conductor Andrew Greene. The bulk of the collection is the mainstay of Peacherine’s concerts: Ragtime and dance music selections, focusing on the ‘rag’ and the works of composers like John Philip Sousa, George M. Cohan, Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, James Scott, and George Gershwin. Also represented in this collection are over 2000 pieces of piano/vocal scores.
This collection, generously donated by Galen Wilkes, originally was the mainstay of the Palm Leaf Ragtime Orchestra [1985-1991], based in California. The selections in this collection represent classic ragtime, along with compositions originally composed and arranged by Mr. Wilkes for use with his orchestra.
The Silver Cornet Ragtime Orchestra frequented venues in California during the 1970s, and their music was acquired by the PRSO in 2016. The collection features a variety of popular music, ragtime, songs, and other favorites from the 1890s through the 1920s. Notable pieces include an ultra-rare original copy of Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag for orchestra, selections by James Scott, the hits of Irving Berlin, and other notable composers.
This collection, generously donated by Philip Burns in March 2014, was originally the collection of Louis Henry Burns Jr., a musician from Kansas City. His collection totals over 3,000 selections of music, ranging from the 1890s through the 1970s. The collection is vast, and includes a wide selection of ragtime, popular numbers, early jazz, classical selections, novelties, and more.
Vintage American Arrangements from the Ragtime Era (BSW-2215) PRSO’s first CD! Compilation of ragtime, theatre, and dance music. $20 USD
The Ragtime and Dance Music of Mel B. Kaufman (BSW-2234). PRSO's second CD featuring music by the "King of the One Step." $20 USD.
Favorites from the Ragtime Era (BSW-2242). PRSO's third CD featuring a variety of ragtime favorites, including The Entertainer, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and more! $20 USD.