NPR.org Reconsiders Scott Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’

Scott Joplin introduced Ragtime to America and published his most enduring song ‘The Entertainer’ (as featured in the soundtrack to the 1970’s movie, ‘The Sting’) in 1902.

While Joplin’s work was wildly popular at the time, by 1916, Joplin was living in difficult circumstances in Harlem. He was listed as being employed as a “music teacher” at a small apartment house at 133 West 138th Street. A year later, in 1917, he was living in an old row house at 160 West 133rd.

Later in 1917, he moved to a brownstone at 163 West 131st Street where he died later that year at age 49.

NPR.org reconsiders Scott Joplin’s legacy an the impact of ‘The Entertainer’ in particular, in this piece:

https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2022/02/07/1078314203/reconsidering-scott-joplins-the-entertainer

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Scott Joplin

Walking the other day on West 131st Street I noticed a brownstone with a historic plaque:

The plaque refers to Scott Joplin that Wikipedia notes:

Scott Joplin (c. 1868 – April 1, 1917) was an American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the “King of Ragtime”.[1] During his brief career, he wrote over 100 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first and most popular pieces, the “Maple Leaf Rag“, became ragtime’s first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag.[2]

To listen to his piece “The Entertainer”, see below:

Seen on ACP

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