Ragtime music developed in the United States in the late 1800s. After Maple Leaf Rag became an instant hit in 1899, Scott Joplin emerged as the leading ragtime composer. After about 1915, ragtime faded away, as jazz developed and took its place.

Around 1970, ragtime music got a big revival with the film "The Sting", starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin was the main musical theme in the film. Around this time, contemporary composers such as William Bolcom made new, fresh compositions in the ragtime style. Below, I bring you 8 of my piano recordings, 6 by Scott Joplin and 2 by William Bolcom. In my opinion, Graceful Ghost by William Bolcom may just be the most beautiful rag ever written...

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S.Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag

S. Joplin - Elite Syncopations

S.Joplin - The Entertainer

S. Joplin - Gladiolus Rag

S. Joplin - Solace

S. Joplin - Magnetic Rag

W. Bolcom - Old Adam

W. Bolcom - Graceful Ghost