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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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Emergence of the House of Classic Rags

Emergence of the House of Classic Rags

(p.99) Chapter 7 Emergence of the House of Classic Rags
King of Ragtime

Edward A. Berlin

Oxford University Press

Music publisher John Stark was important in Joplin’s career and in ragtime history. Stark viewed his publications as the qualitative equal of the best classical music and promoted this opinion in extravagant advertisements. His daughter Eleanor Stark, who had studied in Europe with composer and pianist Moritz Moszkowski, became a piano recitalist of some renown in Missouri and advised her father on publication matters. Stark’s son Etilmon Stark, an accomplished violinist, wrote some good rags that his father published, and William Stark, another son, helped operate the business. Stark had begun publishing as a small part of his Sedalia music store business. He moved to St. Louis early in 1899, initially leaving the Sedalia store in the hands of his son William. He may have thought of abandoning music publishing, but the success of Maple Leaf Rag encouraged him to continue as a publisher specializing in ragtime.

Keywords:   Classic Rags, John Stark, Eleanor Stark, Etilmon Stark, William Stark

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