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King of RagtimeScott Joplin and His Era$
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Edward A. Berlin

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101089

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101089.001.0001

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New York, 1907–1910

New York, 1907–1910

(p.163) Chapter Ten New York, 1907–1910
King of Ragtime

Edward A. Berlin

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In 1907, Scott Joplin arrived in New York and stayed in the Tenderloin — its center for entertainment. Rose Leaf Rag is another outstanding ragtime composition of Joplin. The author argues that after the brief hiatus of 1905 to the middle of 1907, he was now back in the ragtime groove, producing masterpieces of the genre. It was probably in late 1907 that Joplin met Joseph F. Lamb, a young white man, ragtime enthusiast, and amateur pianist and composer. Along with Joplin and James Scott, Lamb became known as one of the “Big Three of Classic Ragtime.” Joplin then published School of Ragtime — an instruction manual to demonstrate the precise manner of playing ragtime. Eventually, Joplin left John Stark and settled with Seminary Music where he met lyricist Irving Berlin.

Keywords:   Tenderloin, Rose Leaf Rag, Joseph F. Lamb, James Scott, School of Ragtime, Seminary Music, Irving Berlin

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