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Scott Joplin
Scott Joplin was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin is also known as the "King of Ragtime" because of the fame achieved for his ragtime compositions, music that was born out of the African-American community. During his brief career, he wrote over 100 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first and most popular pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag. Joplin considered ragtime to be a form of classical music and largely disdained the practice of ragtime such as that in honky tonk. Joplin grew up in a musical family of railway laborers in Texarkana, Arkansas, and developed his own musical knowledge with the help of local teachers. While in Texarkana, Texas, he formed a vocal quartet and taught mandolin and guitar. During the late 1880s, he left his job as a railroad laborer and traveled the American South as an itinerant musician.
Born November 24 c. 1868, Texarkana, Texas, U.S.
Died April 1, 1917, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Education George R. Smith College
Occupation Composer, pianist, music teacher
Years active 1895–1917
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About Scott Joplin

His "Maple Leaf Rag", the first true ragtime hit and by far the most important, won him the moniker "King of Ragtime".

Scott Joplin before fame

Julius Weiss, a German-Jewish music professor, taught the youngster piano for free after realizing the family's extreme poverty and the boy's extraordinary skill.

Achievement of Scott Joplin

He appeared with the Texarkana Minstrels for a fundraiser for a memorial to former Confederate President Politician Jefferson Davis.

Scott Joplin family life

He married Belle Jone Hayden in 1899, but the couple split because she did not share his artistic interests. He married Freddie Alexander, whom he had mentored, on June 14, 1904. She passed away shortly after the wedding. He married Lottie Stokes in 1909.

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Movie Actor Robert Shaw conducted his legendary opera "Treemonisha", the first important American conductor to publicly present a mixed-race chorale.

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Latest information about Scott Joplin updated on April 01 2022.