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Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin (c.1867/68 1 April 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, and most popular 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.

The combination of classical music, the musical atmosphere present around Texarkana (including work songs, gospel hymns, spirituals and dance music) and Joplin's natural ability have been cited as contributing significantly to the invention of a new style that blended African-American musical styles with European forms and melodies, and first became celebrated in the 1890s: ragtime.

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Recent Joplin releases

Folk: Music for Violin & Piano
Folk: Music for Violin & Piano

£8.96

(Mirare)

Joplin - Ragtime Piano Gems
Joplin - Ragtime Piano Gems

£5.85

(Alto)

Lang Lang: Piano Book (Deluxe Edition)
Lang Lang: Piano Book (Deluxe Edition)

£14.36

(Deutsche Grammophon)

Lang Lang: Piano Magic
Lang Lang: Piano Magic

£11.25

(Sony)