May Aufderheide  (1888-1972)
Last updated: 02.05.22
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.

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)


Websites:
url15.gif May Aufderheide Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  

  Title Instruments Performers
       
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Blue Ribbon Rag (1910) A(T)/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Buzzer Rag (1909) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Buzzer Rag (1909) D/T/T/B Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Dusty (1908) D/T/T+B/B+T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif I Want a Patriotic Girl (1911) A/T/T/B/GB(B)/V(OT) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Novelty Rag (1911) T/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Richmond Rag (1908), The A/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Thriller! (1909), The D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Totally Different Rag (1910), A A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Blue Ribbon Rag (1910) Midi Paul F. Wilson
audiomidi15.gif Buzzer Rag (1909) Midi Le Blanc
audiomidi15.gif Dusty Rag (1908) Midi Colin D. McDonald
audiomidi15.gif I Want a Patriotic Girl (1911) Midi Unknown
audiomidi15.gif In Bamboo Land (1910) Midi Unknown
audiomidi15.gif Novelty Rag (1911) Midi Colin D. McDonald
audiomidi15.gif  Richmond Rag (1909), The Midi Colin D. McDonald
audiomidi15.gif Thriller! (1909), The Midi Sakae Watanabe
audiomidi15.gif Totally Different Rag (1910), A Midi Colin D. MacDonald
     Performer CD Title Supplier
       
Recorder Music CDs:
cd15.gif Bremen Recorder Touring Company Recorder Recital at St. Mathews dbe15.gif
Jazz Music CDs:
cd15.gif Turk Murphy Euphonic Sounds flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Various Artists 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 Spirit of Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists The Traditional Jazz Ragtime Collection flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra Grace and Beauty flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Judith Alstadter Women Composers: Romantic to Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Virginia Eskin Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Women in Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor Ragtime Reunion
cd15.gif  Mimi Blais Once Upon a Rag Time flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais Sunday Morning flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Audley Green Spirituals and Rags flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Nancy Fierro Rags And Riches flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Chrysanthemum Ragtime Band Preserves flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Chrysanthemum Ragtime Band Preserves, Vol. 1 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Bryan Wright 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
cd15.gif Frederick Hodges Kitten on the Keys: Ragtime, Novelty & Stride Classics flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath The Ragtime Women CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE080 Blue Ribbon Rag (1910)
A(T)/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
1-2 days
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DBE081 Buzzer Rag (1909)
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
1-2 days
other.gif
DBE081D Buzzer Rag (1909)
D/T/T/B, approx. 2½ mins.
out-of-print €9.00 £7.50 $11.75  
DBE082 Dusty (1908) - Rag
D/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B), approx. 2 mins.
out-of-print €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE083 I Want A Patriotic Girl (1911)
A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)/V(OT), approx. 4½ mins.
1-2 days
other.gif
DBE085 Novelty Rag (1911)
T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
1-2 days
other.gif
DBE086 The Richmond Rag (1908)
A/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
1-2 days
other.gif
 DBE087 The Thriller! (1909) - Rag
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
1-2 days
other.gif
DBE088 A Totally Different Rag (1910)
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
1-2 days
other.gif
     Title Instruments Remarks
       
sm15.gif Blue Ribbon Rag (1910) A(T)/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Buzzer Rag (1909) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Buzzer Rag (1909) D/T/T/B dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Dusty (1908) D/T/T+B/B+T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Dusty Rag (1908) S/A/T/B wvicon.gif
sm15.gif I Want a Patriotic Girl (1911) A/T/T/B/GB(B)/V(OT) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Novelty Rag (1911) T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Richmond Rag (1908), The A/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Richmond Rag (1909), The S/A/T/B wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Thriller! (1909), The D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Totally Different Rag (1910), A D/D/T/B wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Totally Different Rag (1910), A A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
           
pdf15.gif Blue Ribbon Rag (1910) M. Aufderheide (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Buzzer Rag (1909) M. Aufderheide (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Dusty (1908) M. Aufderheide (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Dusty Rag - Song M. Aufderheide (music) Piano, Voice Kirk Pub.
pdf15.gif I'll Pledge My Heart to You (1909) M. Aufderheide (words & music) Piano, Voice Ragtime Piano Pub.
pdf15.gif In Bamboo Land M. Aufderheide (music)
Earl C. Jones (words)
Piano, Voice Kirk Pub.
pdf15.gif Novelty Rag (1911) M. Aufderheide (music) Piano Ragtime Piano Pub.
pdf15.gif Richmond Rag (1908), The M. Aufderheide (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Thriller! (1909), The M. Aufderheide (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Totally Different Rag (1910), A M. Aufderheide (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 18 works by May Aufderheide (1888-1972). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Dusty 1908  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Richmond Rag, The 1908  Pub. youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Buzzer Rag 1909  Pub. youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
I'll Pledge My Heart to You (w&m) 1909  Pub.
Thriller!, The 1909  Pub. youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Blue Ribbon Rag 1910  Pub. youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
In Bamboo Land 1910 Earl C. Jones (words)  Pub. audiomidi15.gif
My Girl of the Golden Days 1910 Earl C. Jones (words)  Pub.
Totally Different Rag - Song, A 1910 Earl C. Jones (words)  Pub.
Totally Different Rag, A 1910  Pub. youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Drifting in Dreams With You (w&m) 1911  Pub.
I Want a Patriotic Girl (w&m) 1911  Pub. audiomidi15.gif
I Want a Real Lovin' Man (w&m) 1911 with Paul Pratt  Pub.
Novelty Rag 1911  Pub. youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Pelham Waltzes 1911  Pub.
Pompeian Waltzes 1911  Pub.
You and Me in the Summertime 1911 Rudolph Aufderheide (words)  Pub.
Dusty Rag - Song 1912  Pub.
     Title Duration Performer
       
youtube15.jpg Blue Ribbon Rag 2:44 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Buzzer Rag 2:36 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Dusty Rag 2:16 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Novelty Rag 2:34 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg The Richmond Rag 1:51 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg The Thriller! 2:32 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg A Totally Different Rag 2:41 Ragtime Dorian Henry