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159 Wall Street Rag - by Scott Joplin
 

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159 Wall Street Rag - by Scott Joplin

159 Wall Street Rag - by Scott Joplin

“The musician turned again to the keyboard. “Wall Street Rag,” he said. Composed by the great Scott Joplin.”

Scott Joplin (1867-1917) was a very talented musician during the ragtime era. His career began the summer of 1891, when Joplin joined a minstrel troupe. In 1893 he joined the Queen City Cornet Band, which was a local ensemble of black musicians. Two years later, Joplin formed his own band and traveled to Syracuse, New York. It was in Syracuse where people began noticing his talent. Two of Scott Joplin’s songs, Please Say You Will and A Picture of Her Face, were published.

 Scott Joplin

In 1896, Joplin attended music classes at George R. Smith College in Sedalia, Missouri. Between 1896 and 1909, he published many rags, marches, and a waltz. In 1909, Wall Street Rag was published. “Joplin and his fellow ragtime composers rejuvenated American popular music, fostering an appreciation for African American music among European Americans by creating exhilarating and liberating dance tunes, changing American musical taste.”

For his accomplishments, Scott Joplin was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. His music also won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1976, which is issued in New York City by Columbia University.

http://www.perfessorbill.com/covers/wallst.htm

http://www.scottjoplin.org/biography.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Joplin

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