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Ragtime Defined

Ragtime, a uniquely American, syncopated musical phenomenon, has been a strong presence in musical composition, entertainment, and scholarship for over a century. It emerged in its published form during the mid-1890s and quickly spread across the continent via published compositions. By the early 1900s ragtime flooded the music publishing industry. The popularity and demand for ragtime also boosted sale of pianos and greatly swelled the ranks of the recording industry. Ragtime seemed to emanate primarily from the southern and midwestern states with the majority of activity occurring in Missouri -- although the East and West coasts also had their share of composers and performers. Ragtime's popularity promptly spread to Europe and there, as in America, soon became a fad.  It is not easy to define ragtime. Like jazz, another distinctly American musical art form, ragtime's composers, practitioners, and admirers each see its boundaries differently.  Composers of Ragtime include Scott Joplin, Charles Hunter, Thomas Turpin, Louis Chauvin, Charles L. Johnson, and many others. Continue reading from Library of Congress

Watch Ragtime 

Ragtime Explained by Pianist Jack Oliva

The Music of Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime 

Check Out a Book or DVD on Ragtime History

Link to Ragtime by Edward Berlin in Hoopla
Link to Ragtime Gems by David Jasen in Hoopla
Link to Ragtime [DVD] in the catalog
Link to Rags And Ragtime by David A. Jasen and Trebor Jay Tichenor in Hoopla
Link to They All Played Ragtime by Rudi Blesh in Hoopla
Link to Joplin Ragtime Duets (Songbook) in Hoopla