A collection of classic Ragtime pieces for piano, including the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin. Ranges from Easy to Intermediate Level
Scott Joplin - The Entertainer
Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" is one of the the most enduringly popular works in music. It is a rag time two step, a fashionable form around the beginning of the twentieth century. Joplin was the first classically trained black composer to become a household name in America. Ragtime was eventually succeeded by jazz.
Alongside "The Entertainer," this is one of the most famous pieces from the "King of Ragtime". The "Maple Leaf Rag" is associated with Sedalia, Missouri and may have been named after the "Maple Leaf Club" in that city.
Euday Bowman, born in 1887, represented the Texas style of Ragtime. His most well-known piece is the "12th Street Rag". It was recently popularised in a version for ukulele as background music on the TV series SpongeBob SquarePants.
First published in 1911 this was Irving Berlin's first major hit. There is some evidence, although inconclusive, that Berlin borrowed the melody from a draft of "A Real Slow Drag" by Scott Joplin that had been submitted to a publisher.
Scott Joplin - The Easy Winners (A Rag Time Two Step)
"The Easy Winners" is a popular ragtime composition by Scott Joplin. The copyright was registered on October 10, 1901. The Shattinger Music Company of St. Louis, Missouri bought the piece and published a simplified version. Only later did John Stillwell Stark publish it in the original version. The title refers to those who win easily at sporting events.
The Black Cat Rag, written by St Louis composer Frank Wooster and Ethyl B. Smith, was dedicated to Miss Bessie Wood Stewart. It was originally published by Frank Wooster Co., St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Wooster later sold this rag to John Stark, Scott Joplin's publisher also of St Louis. It was widely known and still performed and recorded today.
Composed in 1901, Peacherine has many of the characteristics of Scott Joplin's more famous rag "The Entertainer". It was the most performed piece at the St. Louis World Fair in 1904 and was also used by Ennio Morricone in the soundtrack to the movie ''The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean."