Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin

Composer

Book - 2006
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A critically acclaimed biography series of history's most notable African Americans includes straightforward and objective writing combined with important memorabilia and photographs.

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As the son of a former slave, a musical pioneer, and posthumous winner of a Pulitzer Prize, composer Scott Joplin fought a lifelong campaign to have ragtime music accepted by the American public. This instructive biography includes all-new information about Joplin's accomplishments. Born in Texas in 1868, Joplin showed enormous musical talent at an early age. When he was 20 years old, he began to tour the Midwest, demonstrating his command of the piano. He became famous for writing and playing ragtime music, a predecessor of jazz, which features a strong syncopation in its jaunty, African-based rhythms. Before Joplin, ragtime was considered vulgar. After Joplin became one of the first black composers to publish his songs, his compositions, such as "Maple Leaf Rag," considered a masterpiece, and "The Entertainer," featured in the 1973 Robert Redford/Paul Newman film, The Sting, helped ragtime attain national prominence.

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Examines the life and accomplishments of the well-known ragtime pianist and composer who wrote over 500 pieces of music, including a ballet and two operas.

Publisher: New York : Chelsea House, c2006
Edition: Legacy ed
ISBN: 9780791092118
0791092119
Branch Call Number: ML3930.J66 H83 2006
Characteristics: 103 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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