Ragtime: Roots & Rhizomes


Presented online by CCM Faculty Member Peter Evans

February 3, 2021, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

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This online lecture will explore where Ragtime came from, who its composers and performers were, and the types of success and influence it had. Peter Evans

Most famously associated with Scott Joplin and other Black composers such as James Scott and Ernest Hogan initially, it went from the dance hall to the concert hall in a short period of time as a kind of 'serious' music, yet, at the same time, Ragtime also was used for comedic effect in popular culture. 

Musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton, Charles Ives, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky and many others claim or demonstrate Ragtime as an influence, though these influences are often not so simple or even so flattering. 

While many history lectures focus on establishing a solitary center with simple answers, the 'rhizome' approach used in this lecture will instead demonstrate that connections, influences and offshoots are more important, and even imperative, to an artistic viewpoint.