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Scott Joplin
(1868-1971) born on
Nov 24
US pianist, composer. His "Maple Leaf Rag," 1894, ushered in the era of ragtime; was awarded a special Bi-centennial Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to American music.
         
   
F
Let me see you do the "rag time dance"
Turn left and do the "Cake walk prance"
Turn the other way and do the "Slow drag"
Now take your lady to the world's fair . . .
And do the "rag time dance."

R
Syncopations are no indication of light or trashy music, and to shy bricks at "hateful ragtime" no longer passes for musical culture.
A
Because it has such a ragged movement. It suggests something like that.
N
Don t play this piece fast. It is never right to play ragtime fast.
K
When I'm dead twenty-five years, people are going to begin to recognize me.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Ragtime Dance," 1902.
R: Defending his art; in "The School of Ragtime," Preface, 1908.
A: On why he called it "ragtime;" in "American Muscian and Art Journal," 13 Dec 1907.
N: A musical notation.
K: In "King of Ragtime," by Edward A. Berlin, 1994.
   


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