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RAGTIME

Ragtime

1896-1920

 

  • Upbeat music
  • People would buy sheet music
    • Left hand would play easier part on the piano
    • Right hand would be syncopation
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • General Marketing Scheme
    • Instrumental and Vocal Ragtime, Cakewalk and “coon songs”
    • Denegrating and typical lyrics sung in Negro Dialect
    • Cake walk: couples dance, slaves would compete, mimicking their masters
  • Scott Joplin
  • James Hubert Blake
  • Ragtime played out when jazz became popular
  • Swing was an early form of jazz
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