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					Scott Joplin
         Scott Joplin
• Born in Texarkana,
  Texas

• Lived 49 years

• Musical Time
  Period:
  Contemporary
         Personal Life
• His father was an ex-slave from North
  Carolina.
• His mother was from Kentucky.


• Mom played the banjo & dad the violin.
• Had 3 brothers and 2 sisters that sang
  and played guitar.
Personal Life…

• Began playing the piano at 7 years
  old. (neighbor’s house)

• At 11 he began lessons from a
  German man who introduced him to
  European style of music.
Personal Life…


• He left home at age 14 and traveled,
  playing in various places.

• Graduated from Lincoln High School
  in Sedalia, Missouri.
Personal Life…
• When Joplin was about 16, he moved
  to Sedalia.

• He would entertain by playing the
  piano at the Maple Leaf Club, in
  Sedalia. (composed the “Maple Leaf Rag”)

• Also worked in St. Louis for a while.
 Personal Life…

• He continued to compose & teach
  before moving to New York.

• In 1916 Joplin was found to have an
  incurable disease which ended his
  career.

• He died on April 1, 1917, the same day
  the U.S. entered the WWI.
       Professional Career
• He was not widely accepted at first
  because he was black.

• Only his friends & family was interested in
  the beginning of his career.

• A publisher heard him playing the “Maple
  Leaf Rag” while at the Maple Leaf Club.
Professional Career…

 • The black opera “Treemonisha” became
   successful after his death.

 • “The Entertainer” was a rag used in a
   movie, “Sting” in the 1970’s.
Professional Career…

               “King of Ragtime”
   • He wrote over 50 “rags” and 2 operas.
• “Maple Leaf Rag” sold over 1 million
  copies.
• www.classicsforkids.com
• http://www.classicsforkids.com/teachers/a
  udio/music.asp
Professional Career…

• Played in various clubs and social
  events.

• Traveled to Kansas, Louisiana,
  Arkansas, Missouri and New York.

• Toured with a musical group,
  attended college as well as did some
  teaching.
            Ragtime
• Ragtime is a combination of European
  forms: West Indies, Spanish, Protestant
  church music, Irish jigs and polkas…

• The beginning of ragtime comes from the
  black folk music of the 1830’s and 1840’s
  during slavery.

• African-American piano version of polka.
Ragtime…

• Ragtime has a steady
  beat in the bass with
  a syncopated melody.

• Ragtime influenced
  jazz. Difference is:
  ragtime is composed
  and jazz is
  improvised.
Ragtime…
• The lighthearted and syncopated rhythms
  made it a popular style of music in
  America during the years of 1890 1920.

• With elements of “classical” style and light-
  heart “popular” style, ragtime continues to
  be popular in the world today.

				
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