Phillip Dyson
: Scott Joplin - The King of Ragtime: Complete Piano Works

Scott Joplin - The King of Ragtime: Complete Piano Works

Phillip Dyson

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  • Release Date 03 June 2022
Product code
4830134
Format
Quadruple CD Album
Label
Decca UMO / Classics / Decca

Dubbed the ‘King of Ragtime’, Scott Joplin (c. 1868-1917) was one of the most important and influential composers at the turn of the 20th century. He was born in Texarkana, Texas and grew up in a musical family. At age seven, he discovered a piano in a neighbour’s house and began experimenting with it by ear. His father soon bought a second-hand piano, and by age eleven Joplin’s gifts were the talk of the community.

In 1897, Joplin had his breakthrough, when he completed his Maple Leaf Rag. He was discovered by the publisher John Stark in the Maple Leaf Club in Sedalia, Missouri. Stark purchased Maple Leaf Rag for 50 dollars, offering Joplin a continuing royalty and the rest was history.

The Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer are amongst his best-known works, the latter of which has become very much Joplin’s “theme tune”. Joplin’s music featured prominently in the Academy Award-winning 1973 film The Sting, including The Entertainer and Solace. The Entertainer became a huge hit and the ragtime craze launched in 1893 came full circle.

Phillip Dyson, recognised as one of Britain’s most sought after and innovative concert pianists and broadcasts regularly on the BBC and Classic FM, has recorded Joplin’s Complete Piano Works for Decca, reaffirming Joplin’s reputation as a serious and influential American composer.

Joplin’s music has prevailed. Ragtime scholars and speciality pianists have kept his memory alive for decades. His rags, marches and waltzes are securely ensconced in the piano repertoire.

Tracks
CD1
1 Great Crush Collision March (1896)  
2 Combination March (1896)  
3 Harmony Club Waltz (1896)  
4 Original Rags (1899)  
5 Maple Leaf Rag (1899)  
6 Peacherine Rag (1901)  
7 Augustan Club Waltz (1901)  
8 The Easy Winners (1901)  
9 Cleopha (1902)  
10 A Breeze from Alabama (1902)  
11 Elite Syncopations (1902)  
12 The Entertainer (1902)  
13 March Majestic (1902)  
14 The Strenuous Life (1902)  
Tracks
CD2
1 Weeping Willow (1903)  
2 Palm Leaf Rag (1903)  
3 The Favorite (1904)  
4 The Sycamore (1904)  
5 The Cascades (1904)  
6 The Chrysanthemum (1904)  
7 Bethena (1905)  
8 The Rosebud March (1905)  
9 Leola (1905)  
10 Binks’ Waltz (1905)  
11 Eugenia (1905)  
12 Antoinette (1906)  
13 The Ragtime Dance (1906)  
14 Gladiolus Rag (1907)  
15 Nonpareil (None to Equal) (1907)  
16 Sugar Cane (1908)  
Tracks
CD3
1 Pine Apple Rag (1908)  
2 Wall Street Rag (1909)  
3 Solace (1909)  
4 Pleasant Moments (1909)  
5 Country Club (1909)  
6 Euphonic Sounds (1909)  
7 Paragon Rag (1909)  
8 Stoptime Rag (1910)  
9 Scott Joplin’s New Rag (1912)  
10 Magnetic Rag (1914)  
11 Reflection Rag (1917)  
Tracks
CD4 (COLLABORATIVE WORKS)
1 Swipesy (1900)  
2 Sunflower Slow Drag (1901)  
3 Something Doing (1903)  
4 Lily Queen (1907)  
5 Heliotrope Bouquet (1907)  
6 Felicity Rag (1911)  
7 Kismet Rag (1913)  
8 Sensation (1908)  
9 Silver Swan Rag (1971)  
10 Fig Leaf Rag (1908)  
11 Rose Leaf Rag (1907)  
12 Searchlight Rag (1907)  
13 No. 13 Frolic of the Bears  
14 No. 19 Prelude to Act III  
15 No. 27 A Real Slow Drag (Finale to Act III)