Scott Joplin

Ragtime Music

Ragtime music is truly African-American music. It combines rhythms that were brought to this country by slaves, with musical forms brought over to the United States from Europe. Ragtime uses syncopated rhythms -- that is, the accents in the melody are shifted away from the strong beats in the bass line underneath.

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Music In This Episode

Peachrine Rag

Harlem Rag

Castle House Rag

Charleston Rag

Great Scott Rag

Reindeer

Maple Leaf Rag