Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917

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Scott Joplin was born in either  1867 or 1868 or November 24, 1868 in Texarkana, Texas to a former slave and laborer and a house cleaner. Joplin received most of his music education from Julius Weiss in Texas. As a late teen he began working as a traveling musician and eventually moved to Missouri in 1894. There he became a success. While in Sedalia, Mo. local businessman John Stark purchased the rights to “Maple Leaf Rag.” When it was published in 1899, it became a sensation, and all 10,000 copies quickly sold. Along with "Maple Leaf Rag" his other most famous songs were “Gladiolus Rag,” and “The Entertainer”. He often collaborated with Scott Hayden.

Joplin arrived in New York City in 1907 and was popular enough to find work right away. He wrote an opera, "Treemonisha," hoping to have it produced but that was unsuccessful. He died on April 1, 1917 in New York City and in the late 1970s his opera was finally performed.

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creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Palm leaf rag [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf NCSA Percussion Ensemble. NCSA Percussion Ensemble [sound recording] University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The entertainer [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Sugar cane [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Weeping willow [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn African-American related sheet music and sheet music written by African-Americans, 1851-1974 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917. Treemonisha : Finale, A real slow drag / Scott Joplin ; arr. E. Power Biggs. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Lawrence, Vera Brodsky. Vera Brodsky Lawrence papers, 1863-1991 (bulk 1970-1984) New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Hummings, Armenta Adams, 1936-. Armenta, piano [sound recording] University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Elite syncopations [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Peacherine rag [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Maple leaf rag [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Swipesy [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The Nonpareil [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Allen, Betty, 1927-2009,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Sept. 28, 1976 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Swipesy [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917. Opera ballet. Treemonisha. [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Records of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. 1966 - 1977. Photographs and Related Textual Material of Bicentennial Activities, Collected by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. A breeze from Alabama [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Central State University (Okla.). Woodwind Quintet. [The Woodwind Quintet] [sound recording] : [Edmond, Oklahoma, Recital Hall (101), Music Building, Thursday, April 10, 1975, 8:00 p.m.]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Sun flower slow drag [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Loquasto, Santo.,. The Rags suite from the Raggedy dances : music scores used by Twyla Tharp for her choreographic work, 1975. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Country club [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Wall Street rag [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Adler, James, 1950-. The classic rag-time suite : a tribute to Scott Joplin : for orchestra / James Adler. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Alexander Gumby Collection of Negroiana, [ca. 1800]-1981 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Something doing [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Wall Street rag [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The sycamore [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Eugenia [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn [Scott Joplin's Tremonisha : collection of programs]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The favorite [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn The John Kirkpatrick Papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Something doing [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The chrysanthemum [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Department of Music of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1937-1983 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. University Archives.
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The easy winners [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Elite syncopations [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The cascades [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The cascades [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Sugar cane [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Biography -- Joplin, Scott. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
creatorOf Campbell, Brun. Scott Joplin collection, 1900-1951. Lincoln Memorial University Library, Carnegie-Vincent Library
referencedIn Schonberg, Harold C. Typewritten letters signed (2), dated : New York, 10 June 1982 and 17 January 1985, to Jim [Fuld], 1982 June 10 and 1985 Jan. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The favorite [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The easy winners [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Country club [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Weeping willow [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The Nonpareil [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Eugenia [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Hickok, Robert. Convocation in honor of Itzhak Perlman [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Sun flower slow drag [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Palm leaf rag [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Gumby, L. S. Alexander, 1885-1961,. Alexander Gumby collection of Negroiana, [ca. 1800]-1981. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The ragtime dance [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. Rare sheet music collection, 1896-1926. Bowie State University, Thurgood Marshall Library
referencedIn Leahy, Anna C., 1888-1977. John and Ann Vanderlee collection, 1958-1974. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917. Pine apple rag / Scott Joplin ; arranged by Thomas V. Axworthy for saxophone quintet (SATB, Bass) or quartet (SATB) with alternate baritone part. Howard University
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. A breeze from Alabama [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn The New York Camerata - 1975 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Brewer, James. [Central State University Department of Music ... presents the Woodwind Quintet in recital] [sound recording] : March 7, 1977, 8:00 p.m., Choir Room, Music Building]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The ragtime dance [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The sycamore [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The chrysanthemum [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Johnny Green papers, 1920-1991. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Maple leaf rag [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. The entertainer [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1867?-1917. Peacherine rag [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Vera Brodsky Lawrence papers, 1863-1991, 1970-1984 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917. Twelve manuscript scores from the library of the Osipov Balalaika Orchestra of Moscow, Russia. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
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associatedWith Adler, James, 1950- person
associatedWith Allen, Betty, 1927-2009, person
associatedWith Axworthy, Thomas V., 1948- person
associatedWith Biggs, E. Power (Edward Power), 1906-1977. person
associatedWith Campbell, Brun. person
associatedWith Central State University (Okla.). Woodwind Quintet. corporateBody
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Gumby, L. S. Alexander, 1885-1961, person
associatedWith Hummings, Armenta Adams, 1936- person
associatedWith Julius Weiss corporateBody
associatedWith Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991 person
associatedWith Lawrence, Vera Brodsky person
associatedWith Lawrence, Vera Brodsky. person
associatedWith NCSA Percussion Ensemble. corporateBody
associatedWith Schonberg, Harold C. person
associatedWith Scott Hayden person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dept. of Music. corporateBody
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New York NY US
Texarkana TX US
Subject
Ragtime music
Woodwind quintets (Saxophones (5)), Arranged--Scores and parts
Organ music, Arranged
Operas--Excerpts, arranged
Woodwind quartets (Saxophones (4)), Arranged--Scores and parts
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Death 1917-04-01

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