Piano music of the early 1900s by African-American composers such as Scott Joplin, and band and orchestral scores imitating the original piano compositions. Characterized by left-hand alternating bass notes and chords, and syncopated melodies in the treble. Often in march tempos and march form, complete with trio in relative key, but many rags were slower than commonly believed. Tremendously influential as a precursor to jazz, but also embraced as a symbol of American culture by popular songwriters such as Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.
Article from Minnesota Public Radio.
Information on ragtime concerts, festivals, societies and clubs; list of CD recordings and sheet music; links to MIDI files, merchandise.
At Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. List of holdings, contact information.
Promoting an interest in classical ragtime and related forms of music; membership information, past and upcoming concerts.
List of recordings with descriptions, sound bites/MIDI samples.
Ragtime, blues, stride and boogie piano played live by Sue Keller. All performances are uncut and freely available in MIDI format. Sheet music and CDs also available.
Ragtime, jazz, vaudeville, Roaring '20s recordings reissued on CD and cassette. Online catalog and sound samples.
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