Scott Joplin Quotes

“When I’m dead twenty-five years, people are going to begin to recognize me.” – Scott Joplin

“Don t play this piece fast. It is never right to play ragtime fast.” – Scott Joplin

“Because it has such a ragged movement. It suggests something like that.” – Scott Joplin

“Let me see you do the “rag time dance”/ Turn left and do the “Cake walk prance”/ Turn the other way and do the “Slow drag”/ Now take your lady to the world’s fair . . ./ And do the “rag time dance.”” – Scott Joplin

“It is never right to play ragtime fast.” – Scott Joplin

“Syncopations are no indication of light or trashy music, and to shy bricks at “hateful ragtime” no longer passes for musical culture.” – Scott Joplin

“much broader than that.” – Scott Joplin

“Were they Socialists?” – Scott Joplin

“No doubt Joplin could play “ragged time,” as it was first called because of its bouncing bass and syncopated right hand, as bumptiously as the next man. But by the time he began writing his rags down in the late 1890s, they had obviously become objects of care, even personal meaning for him.” – William Bender, in Time magazine (Sept. 15, 1975)

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