Best Ragtime Piano

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  • The Entertainer by Scott Joplin (1868-1917) This is doubtless the most famous piece of Ragtime.
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  • Whether you think you are hot stuff as a ragtime pianist, or an expert, or even if you don't and/or are just a listener, possibly first getting into ragtime.
In the first of its incarnations, Turpin's Harlem Rag stood alone as the first true published piano rag by a black composer, and one of very few published anywhere in ragtime's fledgling first year. According to legitimate sources, it was composed and being played as early as 1892, before the pivotal Chicago Exposition of 1893 where ragtime was allegedly heard in public for the first time. The initial 1897 edition and one that followed were both published by Robert DeYong & Company of St. Louis, and both were arranged by D.S. DeLisle. Through some unknown editing change, the C section in the revised version was entirely different from the initial publication. Yet another version surfaced when Jos. W. Stern & Company in New York purchased the copyright, this third release being arranged by staff composer/arranger William H. Tyers. This time, the A section was excised, and the remainder of the rag simplified for easier playing. The edition represented here is the first St. Louis printing by DeYong. While Harlem Rag is a conglomeration of folk styles and folk melodies, Turpin was able to give it a coherence that made it the strongest entry into the rag market at that time. Note that the repeated variations of the B and C sections are actually written out in this score, a rare practice once ragtime formats and generally accepted ragtime composition and performance protocols were established.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Joplin best of Ragtime. Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2000. This is an excellent collection of Scott's waltz's, marches and most of his rag's. For more selections of his rag's I suggest the book Scott Joplin's Complete Piano Rags. It is avaliable from Amazon also. I was really bored in the last few years. I tried to kill the time by learning ragtime pieces. Here are 50 of them. Ragtime Piano TOP50 Megamix Tracklist:00.

Musicians who are notable for their playing of ragtime music include (in alphabetical order):

  • William Albright (1944-1998)
  • John Arpin (1936–2007)
  • Winifred Atwell (1914–1983)
  • Mary Aufderheide (1888-1972)
  • Irving Berlin (1901–1989)
  • Mike Bernard (1881–1936)
  • Arthur 'Blind' Blake (1896-1934)
  • Eubie Blake (1887–1983)
  • William Bolcom (1938–)
  • Euday L. Bowman (1887-1949)
  • Lou Busch (1910–1979)
  • Jo Ann Castle (1939–)
  • Louis Chauvin (1881–1908)
  • Zez Confrey (1895–1971)
  • Ford Dabney (1883–1958)
  • James Reese Europe (1880–1919)
  • William Ezell (1892–1963)
  • Blind Leroy Garnett (1897–1933)
  • Gene Greene (1881–1930)
  • Ben Harney (1872–1938)
  • Ernest Hogan (1865–1909)
  • Dick Hyman (1927–)
  • Tony Jackson (1876–1921)
  • Chas. Johnson (1876-1950)
  • James P. Johnson (1894–1955)
  • Scott Joplin (1867–1917)
  • Sue Keller (1952–)
  • Joseph Lamb (1887–1960)
  • George Lewis (1900–1968)
  • Johnny Maddox (1927–2018)
  • Arthur Marshall, (1881-1968)
  • Artie Matthews (1888-1958)
  • Blind Willie McTell (1898-1959)
  • John Mooney (1955–)
  • Julia Lee Niebergall (1886-1968)
  • Jelly Roll Morton (1890–1941)
  • Vess Ossman (1868–1923)
  • Harry Reser (1896–1965)
  • David Thomas Roberts (1955–)
  • Wally Rose (1913–1997)
  • Joshua Rifkin (1944–)
  • James Scott (1885–1938)
  • Muggsy Spanier (1901–1967)
  • Charley Straight (1891–1940)
  • Adam G. Swanson (20?? - )
  • Wilbur Sweatman (1882–1961)
  • Charlie Tagawa (1935-2017)
  • Butch Thompson (1943-)
  • Tom Turpin (1871-1922)
  • Fred Van Eps (1913–1998)
  • Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002)
  • Terry Waldo (1944-)
  • Fats Waller (1904–1943)
  • Del Wood (1920–1989)
  • Dick Zimmerman (1937–)
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