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Ragtime

Edward A. Berlin

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online - The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, issue Published in print January 2013 |
Published online October 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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A style of popular music that flourished from the mid-1890s to 1918. Its main identifying trait is its ragged—i.e., syncopated—rhythm. While today it is most commonly thought of as a piano style, during the ragtime period the term also referred to other instrumental music, to vocal music, and to dance. The best instrumental ragtime pieces manifested sophisticated musical thought and demanded considerable technical facility of performers for fullest realization. Ragtime songs, on the other hand,

Keywords: Stylistic conventions; History; Ragtime song; The ragtime revival

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Subjects: Music

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