What is ragtime?
A well-liked musical style called ragtime was created in the 1890s to 1920s. This musical genre, which is primarily performed by African Americans, is recognized for its “broken up” rhythm. The African Americans who used banjos to create a “ragged time” beat and tune inspired many artists to utilize the piano or other similar instruments to create these well-known rhythms. Even though the majority of Americans were enjoying the ragtime era, African American musicians were the ones who gave numerous songs the “cheerful style.” It was also common for artists to use improvisation to produce unique and modern rhythms.
Ragtime is made up of a variety of rhythms. Coon songs, cakewalk, instrumental, and vocal ragtime were among the ragtime genres that were popular at the time. These musical genres demonstrated the uniqueness of the rhythms they adhere to. Its “ragged” rhythm, which was used in a positive manner, is what made it so well-liked in the community. Rag time was performed by artists in their own distinctive ways.
Artist of the Ragtime era:
Scott Joplin: “Maple Leaf Rag” boosted Joplin to the top of the list of ragtime performers and moved ragtime into prominence as a musical form.
Jelly Roll Morton: Morton is perhaps most notable as jazz’s first arranger, proving that a genre rooted in improvisation could retain its essential spirit and characteristics when notated. His composition “Jelly Roll Blues” was the first published jazz composition in 1915.
Blind Blake: He is best known for his distinctive guitar sound, whose complex and intricate fingerpicking was comparable in sound and style to a ragtime piano.
James P. Johnson: Johnson composed many hit tunes including the theme song of the Roaring Twenties, “Charleston” and “If I Could be With You One Hour Tonight” and remained the acknowledged king of New York jazz pianists.