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Printed Edition
Composer:Joplin, Scott (1868-1917)
Instrumentation:2vn. va. vc.
Publisher Ref:B&D10124p

Price: £5.95
Arranger:Thorp, Bill
Series Title:Classic String Quartet Collection
Publisher:Broadbent & Dunn
ISBN:none specified
Scott Joplin was born into a poor black family in Texas in 1868, just three years after the abolition of slavery. As a teenager he left home to work as a saloon pianist in St Louis, a cosmopolitan Mississippi port and the birthplace of Ragtime, the lively piano style which had developed from syncopated minstrel songs and dances. Among many talented black pianists Joplin was the first with the ability to set down in musical notation this new art form. Besides rags Joplin wrote other sorts of piano music, such as the lovely 'Solace' (featured in the hit film 'The Sting'), whose gentle melancholy and emotionally-charged pauses are overlaid on the rhythms of a Mexican Serenade.

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