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GMUS 203: Music in America Dr. Andrew Connell Lecture 12 – Ragtime and 20 th Century popular song RAGTIME Roots in: 19 th -century salon music (light classical) minstrel songs syncopated banjo techniques “ragged time” “white music played black” “MAPLE LEAF RAG” (1899) SOUNDS LIKE A PIANO PLAYING ITSELF. CLASSIC SONG. IT REPEATS Scott Joplin Composer, pianist Sold over a million copies as sheet music Form: AABBACCDD RAGTIME INFLUENCED PIANO STYLES Stride Piano Harlem rent parties “cutting” sessions Harlem Renaissance – Great Poets, artists, musicians. LISTEN: “If Dreams Come True” James P. Johnson – great pianist of the 20 th century VIDEO: “Squeeze Me” – a lot of work for both hands, right is doing most left is just going up and down. Composed by Fats Waller Performed by Joe Sullivan RAGTIME AS POPULAR MUSIC Youth Movement LISTEN: “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” “Ragtime captures the speed and snap of American life” - Irving Berlin Reactions to Ragtime –American Federation of Musicians 1
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