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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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King of Ragtime Writers, 1901

King of Ragtime Writers, 1901

(p.108) Chapter 8 King of Ragtime Writers, 1901
King of Ragtime

Edward A. Berlin

Oxford University Press

Early in 1901, Joplin met with Alfred Ernst, conductor of the St. Louis Choral Symphony Society. That the conductor should hold a private and serious discussion with an African American ragtime composer broke with both cultural and social norms of the time. However, Ernst reported that they had talked about both ragtime and opera, and he further declared Joplin to be a genius. Joplin moved to St. Louis a few months later, with Belle. Among his colleagues in the city were Tom Turpin, whose Rosebud Bar was a center for ragtime piano playing; Louis Chauvin; and Sam Patterson. Joplin had five publications in 1901, with Stark issuing only three. Of the other two, one—a collaborative song with Henry Jackson—was issued by another St. Louis firm; the other—Easy Winners—Joplin published himself, but he had Stark print it.

Keywords:   Alfred Ernst, Tom Turpin, Sam Patterson, Louis Chauvin, Henry Jackson

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