Introduction from Executive Director Gary Kremer
Scott Joplin (/ˈdʒɒplɪn/; c. 1867/1868 – April 1, 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the 'King of Ragtime Writers'. During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas.
Missourians of all time periods, races, genders, and occupations have made important contributions to the history of our state. From the first traces of human history to the present day, Missourians have left significant marks on the physical and cultural landscape of Missouri. All of these marks have had a local effect, but many of them have been felt outside the boundaries of Missouri. Many Missourians you will discover and learn about on this website are nationally and internationally known for what they accomplished in their lifetimes.
Piano Rolls, Played by Scott Joplin. Maple Leaf Rag, Connorized 10265. Magnetic Rag, Connorized 10266. Weeping Willow, QRS198 Connorized 10277. Something Doing, QRS197 Connorized 10278. Ole Miss Rag, Connorized 10304. Pleasant Moments, Connorized 10319. Maple Leaf Rag, Uni-Record 202705. Webmaster: David Back. Scott Joplin's is the name perhaps most associated with ragtime. Born sometime between the summer of 1867 and mid-January 1868, Joplin's career took him from a modest homestead on the Texas-Arkansas border to New York's Tin Pan Alley New York City, where he would eventually try his luck with composers like a young Irving Berlin. Scott Joplin: Treemonisha Scott Joplin's popular piano rags inspired him to go on to composition on a larger, far more developed scale and conception. His second opera, Treemonisha, an example of his most serious work, was published in 1911 at his own expense.
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Scott Joplin The Entertainer
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Scott Joplin Biography
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Scott Joplin Ragtime
- Blind Boone Park Renovation Group
- J. C. Penney Foundation, with special thanks to Joan Gosnell, JCPenney Archives Collection at DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
- LaBudde Special Collections, University of Missouri–Kansas City
- Leonard H. Axe Library, Special Collections, Pittsburg State University
- Limited Editions Club
- Kaye Malins
- David Rees
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch with special thanks to Mike Meiners
- Scott Joplin House State Historic Site with special thanks to Vicki Love
- Mike Shaw
- T. H. Benton and R. P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
- Dan Viets
- Wenneker Family