This Is Ragtime

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Da Capo Press, 1991 - Music - 244 pages
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In This Is Ragtime, Terry Waldo, musician and scholar, explores ragtime in detail, offering music lovers and social historians a unique view of the music from its inception through its colorful evolution. Waldo tells the story of Scott Joplin and his frustrating attempts to elevate his music to the status of the classics, from his first rags to the tragedy surrounding his operatic masterpiece Treemonisha. Waldo also depicts the exciting and often bawdy settings of the music: the earthly minstrel shows, the whorehouses, the cold and commercial publishers of Tin Pin Alley, the traditional jazz emporiums of Dixieland, and finally the prestigious concert halls of the world. Amplifying Waldo's accounts of how and why ragtime continues to fascinate the music world are pithy interviews with most of its enduring personalities: Eubie Blake, Max Morath, Turk Murphy, Lu Watters, Joe "Fingers" Carr, Johnny Maddox, Gunther Schuller, William Bolcom, and Joshua Rifkin. Illustrated with art work and artifacts, This Is Ragtime is an enduring classic for all ragtime and jazz enthusiasts.
  

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Contents

Te Ragtime Era
21
T?e Ctew Rag
48
Commercial Ragtime
79
fllacA Mc ot the East
96
The Ragtime Era Continues
118
Ragtime as Jazz
133
Ragtime as HonkyTonk
156
The Joplin Revival
179
Some Concluding Thoughts
199
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Terry Waldo, America's leading performer and historian of ragtime, has produced over twenty-five albums, a radio series for NPR, and numerous sound tracks for films and commercials. The protege of the late Eubie Blake, Waldo has recently recorded with Leon Redbone and has been appearing with Woody Allen in New York.

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