THURSDAY, November 12, 2020 – 10:59 AM
(I posted this more than a year ago, but it’s so interesting to compare a modern recording with what Joplin actually played, which is just so much more interesting.)
What was most popular in 1899?
Answer: Ragtime and one famous Ragtime piece of music: The Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin. As is true with everything else I’ve put in Spotlight, this was popular music of it’s time.
Here is just one recording that, unfortunately, does not even show who is playing. This is typical of the way people today think the music should be played.
It turns out Joplin recorded on it Pianola Roll. This recording was apparently found in the wrong box on Ebay, and it turns out to be a long-lost Joplin recording. Although there is an official version of this, published and played year in and year out, Joplin not only added notes but used swing instead of an even, straight rhythm.