By Dave Jasen
Ragtime: An Encyclopedia, Discography, and Sheetography is the definitive reference paintings for this significant well known kind of track that flourished from the Nineties in the course of the Nineteen Twenties, and was once one of many key predecessors of jazz. It collects for the 1st time entries on all of the very important composers and performers, and outlines in their works; a whole directory of all recognized released ragtime compositions, even these self-published and identified in simple terms in unmarried copies; and an entire discography from the cylinder period to at the present time. It additionally represents the fruits of a lifetime’s learn for its writer, thought of to be the main pupil of ragtime and early twentiethh-century well known music. Rare images accompany such a lot entries, taken from the unique sheets, newspapers, and different archival resources.
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As he wrote, Joplin was playing a version of “Maple Leaf Rag” as early as 1889, that is, at least the years before it was actually published. Joplin himself told me. As you know, I was Scott Joplin’s only white pupil in 1898 Sedalia, and I learned to play “Maple Leaf” from the original hand-notated pen-and-ink manuscript. Today (1950), I can still play the trio part which Joplin used in the l880’s before his pal Otis Saunders helped him arrange it as it appears in the present day piano copy. When Saunders lent a hand, he re-wrote the last half of the trio.
Edmonds gave them names and addresses of other ragtime composers and performers and the best advice for finding others by going to any city and asking the local undertakers for their addresses. Their research was conducted throughout 1949 and within the year of its publication, more than half of those Blesh and Janis interviewed were dead. The book set the stage for giving prominence to Scott Joplin and told ragtime’s story with Joplin center stage along with his followers James Scott, Arthur Marshall, and Joseph Lamb.
Section A features an unusual chromatic descent that lasts for three measures. , New York Expansive later style with thinner texture to allow for ranging melodic line. In sections C and D, tenths are in the bass instead of the conventional octaves. “Black and White Rag” (George Botsford) Not copyrighted, published 1908, Jerome H. , New York This was an early ragtime hit—the third million-selling rag in sheet music—and the biggest success of Botsford’s seventeen rags. S. Everlasting issued his version on their cylinder (#380) in early 1910.