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King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era

Edward A. Berlin


In 1974, the academy award-winning film The Sting brought back the music of Scott Joplin, a black ragtime composer who died in 1917. Led by The Entertainer, one of the most popular pieces of the mid-1970s, a revival of his music resulted in events unprecedented in American musical history. Never before had any composer's music been so acclaimed by both the popular and classical music worlds. His opera Treemonisha was performed both in opera houses and on Broadway. In this book, the author redefines the Scott Joplin biography. Using the tools of a trained musicologist, he has uncovered a vast a ... More

Keywords: Scott Joplin, ragtime, Treemonisha, Irving Berlin, African-Americans, classical music, popular music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195101089
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward A. Berlin, author