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Transcript of Composer Project
Period 1 Advanced Band
"King of Ragtime"
African American pianist/composer
Played piano, cornet, guitar, mandolin, violin, banjo, vocals
Quiet, reserved, rarely spoke/smiled
Taught piano till he was 16 for five years
1970: Joplin was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by the National Academy of Popular Music
1976: Joplin was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his special contribution to American music.
1977: Motown Productions produced Scott Joplin, a biographical film starring Billy Dee Williams as Joplin, released by Universal Pictures
1983: the United States Postal Service issued a stamp of the composer as part of its Black Heritage commemorative series.
1989: Joplin received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
2002: a collection of Joplin's own performances recorded on piano rolls in the 1900s (decade) was included by the National Recording Preservation Board in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. The board annually selects songs that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Joplin wrote 44 original ragtime pieces
2 Maple leaf rag
3 Swipesy Cake-Walk
4 Sugar Cane
5 Work (s)
Joplin was remarried three times.
The Maple Leaf Rag got its namesake from the Maple Leaf Club.
Piano rags were arranged and used as a soundtrack in The Sting.
Album titled the "King of Ragtime".
Often mistaken for jazz, rags are meant to be played exactly as written.
After Joplin died, ragtime was almost forgotten about until the 1970's
Set standard for ragtime pieces
Played a key role in the development of ragtime music (and several Jazz styles)
Influenced Debussy and Milhaud
Ragtime: blend of African-American music styles and European forms and melodies
Ragtime first became celebrated in 1890's
Joplin's music: combination of classical music, Texakana music, and his own musical talent
Made ragtime a popular genre
Composed some Dixieland