King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin

With its tinkling piano and “ragged” style of syncopated beats, ragtime dominated American music at the turn of the 20th century. Eventually giving birth to jazz, this first, truly American form of music emerged from African-American saloons and parlors in cities across the South and Midwest. Scott Joplin, a talented musician and prolific composer, is recognized as ragtime’s king. His classic piano rags, Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer, were widely popular and remain his most famous pieces.

The Life of Scott Joplin

Works by Joplin