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

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740321.001.0001

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Maple Leaf Rag, 1899–1900

Maple Leaf Rag, 1899–1900

(p.58) Chapter 5 Maple Leaf Rag, 1899–1900
King of Ragtime

Edward A. Berlin

Oxford University Press

In addition to joining the musical life of Sedalia, Joplin mentored several young ragtime composers: Arthur Marshall, Scott Hayden, and Brun Campbell. Joplin published his first rag, Original Rags, early in 1899, in Kansas City. Later that year, he published Maple Leaf Rag in Sedalia with John Stark; Maple Leaf Rag became the most famous and most imitated instrumental rag of the period. Various contradictory legends about how Joplin and Stark got together for this publication make it difficult to determine the truth of the event. Theories also abound regarding the title, whether the Maple Leaf Club provided the name for the music, or vice-versa; whether the music (and the club) were named for Canada (a goal of many black slaves escaping to freedom). However, it is likely that the title simply derived from the many maple trees going in Sedalia.

Keywords:   Maple Leaf Rag, Original Rags, Maple Leaf Club, Arthur Marshall, Scott Hayden, Brun Campbell, John Stark

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