Axel W. Christensen  (1881-1955)
Last updated: 31.07.21
According to the Internet sources given below, Axel Waldemar Christensen was an American (of Danish descent)) popular music composer, educator and publisher born in Chicago.
He opened his first ragtime instruction school in 1903 in Chicago and by 1918 he had schools in over 25 cities, including 4 branches in Chicago alone. He published ragtime instruction books and established the Ragtime Review which ran from 1914 to 1918 before being merged with Melody magazine (published by Walter Jacobs) in 1918..
Amongst his ragtime compositions The Cauldron Rag (1909) and Pathetic Rag (1913) both published by Axel W. Christensen, Chicago, Illinois, USA are of note.
He died in Los Angeles.
Websites:
url15.gif Axel Christensen: The Czar of Ragtime and His Ragtime Review An interesting article by Ted Tjaden-  
url15.gif Axel W. Christensen Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
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Ragtime Music CDs:
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 48 works by Axel W. Christensen (1881-1955). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Mendelsohn's Wedding March 1905  wvicon.gif
Ragtime Wedding March 1905  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Irmena Rag 1908  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Cauldron Rag, The 1909  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Lange's Flower Song 1909
Marching Thro' Georgia 1909  wvicon.gif
Ragtime King, The 1909
Star and Garter Ragtime Waltz 1910  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Glen Oaks Rag, The 1912  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Press Club Rag 1912  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
In My Mercer Racing Car (w&m) 1913 John S. Meck (co-author)  wvicon.gif
Minnesota Rag, The 1913  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Pathetic Rag 1913  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Progressive Rag, The 1913
Star and Garter 1914
Annie Laurie 1915  wvicon.gif
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Auld Lang Syne - Ragtime Version 1915  wvicon.gif
Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms - Ragtime Version 1915  wvicon.gif
Home, Sweet Home 1915  wvicon.gif
Last Rose of Summer 1915  wvicon.gif
Massa's in the Cold, Cold Ground - Ragtime Version 1915  wvicon.gif
My Old Kentucky Home 1915  wvicon.gif
Old Black Joe in Ragtime 1915  wvicon.gif
Ragtime Rings the Bell (w&m) 1915  wvicon.gif
Way Down Upon the Swanee River - Ragtime Version 1915  wvicon.gif
Webster Grove Rag, The 1915  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
When You and I Were Young, Maggie - Ragtime Version 1915  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Hurry 1916  wvicon.gif
Moonlight 1916  wvicon.gif
That Potatoe Bug Rag 1916  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
CoronationMarch 1917
For Introductions 1917
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Pantaloon 1917  wvicon.gif
Quarrel or Struggle Scenes 1917
Turkish 1917
Nobody's Business 1923  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Teasing the Klassics 1923  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Axel Grease 1924  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Pomeranian Blues 1924  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Take It Easy 1924  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Syncophonic No. 1 1925  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Syncophonic No. 2 1925  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Syncophonic No. 3 1925  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Syncophonic No. 4 1925  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Syncophonic No. 5 1925  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Boogie Woogie Blues 1927
Syncophonic No. 6 1929  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Nightie Night ?  wvicon.gif
     Title Dur Performer Composer Score/Song
           
youtube15.jpg Axel Grease 2:32 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg The Cauldron Rag 2:45 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg The Glen Oaks Rag 2:16 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Irmena Rag 2:37 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg The Minnesota Rag 2:34 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Nobody's Business 3:48 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Pathetic Rag 2:51 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Pomeranian Blues 2:49 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Press Club Rag 3:23 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg  Ragtime Wedding March 1:14 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Star and Garter Ragtime Waltz 2:33 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Syncophonic No. 1 1:59 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Syncophonic No. 2 1:37 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Syncophonic No. 3 2:22 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Syncophonic No. 4 1:17 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Syncophonic No. 5 1:51 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Syncophonic No. 6 3:06 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Take It Easy 2:36 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Teasing the Klassics 3:43 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg  That Potatoe Bug Rag 2:37 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg The Webster Grove Rag 2:49 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen 
youtube15.jpg Maggie - Ragtime Version When You and I Were Young 1:45 Ragtime Dorian Henry A.W. Christensen