Scott Joplin
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Scott Joplin

Biography

Scott Joplin (c. 1867/1868 – April 1, 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the "King of Ragtime Writers". During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ...

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Biography

Scott Joplin (c. 1867/1868 – April 1, 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the "King of Ragtime Writers". During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag.

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Elite syncopations - rag arr. Perlman for violin and piano [orig. for piano]
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Elite syncopations - rag arr. Perlman for violin and piano [orig. for piano]
Scott Joplin
Maple Leaf Rag
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Maple Leaf Rag
Scott Joplin
The Chrysanthemum
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The Chrysanthemum
Scott Joplin
Swipesy Cake Walk
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Swipesy Cake Walk
Matthew Trusler
Elite Syncopations
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Elite Syncopations
Joplin, Scott/Jeanneau, Francois
Maple leaf rag arr. Jeanneau for two pianos [orig. for piano]
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Maple leaf rag arr. Jeanneau for two pianos [orig. for piano]
Anthony Averay, Scott Joplin, Hamish Gordon, Lorne G Buick, The Vancouver Wind Trio & Averay, Anthony
Paragon rag arr. Averay for wind trio
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Paragon rag arr. Averay for wind trio

Paragon rag arr. Averay for wind trio

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Anthony Averay
Hamish Gordon
Lorne G Buick
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The Vancouver Wind Trio
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Averay, Anthony
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Joshua Rifkin
Elite Syncopations
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Elite Syncopations
Joshua Rifkin
The Easy Winners
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The Easy Winners
Scott Joplin
The Entertainer - Rag
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The Entertainer - Rag
Scott Joplin
Maple leaf rag arr. Jeanneau for two pianos [orig. for piano]
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Maple leaf rag arr. Jeanneau for two pianos [orig. for piano]
Phillip Dyson & Scott Joplin
Maple leaf rag for piano
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Maple leaf rag for piano
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Kermode & Mayo's Wittertainment Playlist
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Sound of Song
Sound of Song


Scott Joplin Biography

Scott Joplin (c. 1867/1868 – April 1, 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the "King of Ragtime Writers". During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag.

Joplin was born into a musical family of railway laborers in Northeast Texas, and developed his musical knowledge with the help of local teachers. Joplin grew up in Texarkana, where he formed a vocal quartet, and taught mandolin and guitar. During the late 1880s he left his job as a laborer with the railroad, and travelled around the American South as an itinerant musician. He went to Chicago for the World's Fair of 1893, which played a major part in making ragtime a national craze by 1897.

Joplin moved to Sedalia, Missouri, in 1894 and earned a living as a piano teacher; there he taught future ragtime composers Arthur Marshall, Scott Hayden and Brun Campbell. Joplin began publishing music in 1895, and publication of his "Maple Leaf Rag" in 1899 brought him fame. This piece had a profound influence on subsequent writers of ragtime. It also brought the composer a steady income for life, though Joplin did not reach this level of success again and frequently had financial problems. Joplin moved to St. Louis in 1901, where he continued to compose and publish music, and regularly performed in the St. Louis community. The score to his first opera A Guest of Honor was confiscated in 1903 with his belongings because of a non-payment of bills, and is now considered lost. He continued to compose and publish music, and in 1907 moved to New York City to find a producer for a new opera. He attempted to go beyond the limitations of the musical form that made him famous, without much monetary success. His second opera, Treemonisha, was not received...

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