Ragtime was originated in the early 20th century. Its style was an upbeat rhythm assisted through piano playing. During this time period, it was very common for pianos to be in households, so the music gained much popularity. Those who played the piano for had a particular technique in order to establish the particular sound of ragtime music. This technique consists of each hand following a different rhythm. One hand would complete an easy rhythm, while the other would perform a syncopation.This time period, known as the “Roaring 20’s”made ragtime popular for dancing and social events. Media platforms were rapidly growing which helped expand the popularity of Ragtime.
Popular performers included ” The King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin who was a composer and pianist. His most successful publishing was “The Maple Leaf Rag” that included several several piano pieces. Other artists included Jelly Roll Morton and James Hubert (Eubie) Blake. Ragtime was a music created for the Black people by the Black people. However, the influence of Black men strengthened through the popularity of Ragtime. Once White audiences developed a sense of the music style, there were different types of oppressive performances done in order to mock the Black man.
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