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Scott Joplin in Sedalia, 1894–1898

Edward A. Berlin

in King of Ragtime

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195101089
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101089.003.0003
                   Scott Joplin in Sedalia, 1894–1898

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In 1894, Scott Joplin arrived in Sedalia. Joplin was a visitor at the Queen City Cornet Band's rehearsals in 1894–1895. The author argues that there is no evidence as to whether Joplin had a permanent address while living in Sedalia. It has been speculated that Joplin left St. Louis for Sedalia while on a professional tour because he was so attracted by the town's lively night life and the quality of the Queen City Cornet Band, which he heard playing at the Maple Leaf Club. Another possible reason for Joplin's move was the opening of George R. Smith College, a school for blacks, which he later attended. The Maple Leaf Club has been enshrined because of Scott Joplin's celebrated rag, but the club's fame seems otherwise unmerited.

Keywords: Queen City Cornet Band; St. Louis; Maple Leaf Club; George R. Smith College

Chapter.  6798 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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