Which composers have played ragtimes?
Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb and James Scott are traditionally considered the big three composers of the classical period ragtime.
Ragtime Dance, music by Scott Joplin. Ragtime is a music that appeared at the very beginning of the 20th century and is intermediate between blues and jazz. The first ragtime performer is Scott Joplin. Unlike the blues, ragtime musicians know how to read sheet music, there is no improvisation.
The influence of ragtime is particularly felt in jazz music with the stride piano style. The blues also felt its influence, with artists like Blind Blake, Reverend Gary Davis and Elizabeth Cotten, which made it possible to export the style of ragtime on the guitar.
From a stylistic point of view, the ragtimes are rather played binary (accentuation of the first and third beats of the measure), contrary to the jazz. The most common song structure is AA/BB/A/CC/DD, and seems to have been adopted following the hugely successful Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin, published in 1899.
Cakewalk: This is the first form of ragtime, it was originally an African-American dance competition where the first prize was a cake. (eg Swipesy Cakewalk, Scott Joplin). Classic rag: This is the most famous form of ragtime, popularized by the great composers (Scott Joplin, James Scott and Joseph Lamb).