Scott Joplin

7 brilliant rags and pieces by Scott Joplin that you should know

From piano rags to rich opera overtures, here’s a look at Scott Joplin’s greatest works. Since the revival of his music in the 1970s, history has remembered Scott Joplin as “the King of Ragtime”. His collection of rags is utterly identifiable, their sound joyously distinctive, and their complex bass patterns and sporadic syncopation still imitated by composers today.
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Scott Joplin Autographs

For many admirers, a personally signed autograph is a treasured keepsake. For over fifty years I avidly accumulated these bits of personalized ephemera. It all began when my Father stopped our car on the way to my grandmother’s home in Independence, Missouri, one day. Dad spotted a strolling Harry Truman and the ex-president paused to sign an old envelope for me. He pleasantly autographed the scrap, patted me on the shoulder and strolled on with only two (as I remember) suited gentlemen tagging along behind him.
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St. Louis Proud: The life and work of Scott Joplin

ST. LOUIS ( -- At the corner of Delmar and Beaumont Street, there's a building that was once the home of the "King of Ragtime." The Scott Joplin house is now a museum dedicated to his life and his work, and in this week's edition of St. Louis Proud, News 4's Steve Harris takes us there.

Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin, (born 1867/68, Texas, U.S.—died April 1, 1917, New York, New York), American composer and pianist known as the “king of ragtime” at the turn of the 20th century. Joplin spent his childhood in northeastern Texas, though the exact date and place of his birth are unknown. By 1880...