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In the late 1890s a craze for a new kind of music called ragtime swept thecountry off its feet Instant popularity of ragtime increased before the turn of the century By 1910 the ragtime mania reached its peak in all elements of music popular dance Scott Joplin was a young black man that mastered and polish this subtle artBorn in Texarkana Texas on November 29 1868 Scott became facinated with the pianoat an early age and was mentored by a old german teacher that took him in as a pupil Scotts style of piano playing stress his smooth singing tone and subtle sense of rhythmScott has the tendency to turn melodic lines into delicate and but simple notes Generallyall of his pieces share the customary ragtime layout and composition of a pair ofcontrasting lines each repeated and followed by the return to the first line then a newsection consisting of two or three repeated lines emerge and is usually subdominantIn Scotts piece the Magnetic Rag The reappearance of the orginal theme at theclose of the piece shares a shocking likeness to Beethovens famous reoccuring I amDeath Theme In the Magnetic Rag the return of the opening theme at the end of thepiece creates a rondo-like structure with a scheme ABCDA with the outer A section andthe central C section stands in tonal harmony This can be compared to his other famouspieces of work Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer which all exercise thereappearing theme that shows a tendency to round out by always returning to the homeMagnetic Rag was the last piece that Scott completed It was subtitled syncopation classiques because of his wonderful blend of syncopation on every up-beatand mad-cow improvisations tailored to sound like European dance music that influenced
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