Scott Joplin and His Era
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From Booklist , July 19, 1994
Berlin, an expert on the world of ragtime whose two previous books on it are standards, proffers a splendid new study of the acknowledged king of the music, a life-and-works that exhaustively details the particulars of Joplin's biography. Berlin places the composer squarely in context, from hischildhood in Texarkana, and his life in Sedalia (Missouri) and St. Louis, through his troubled last years in New York, during which he attempted, without success, to stage his grand opera, Treemonisha. Berlin is enabled in his task by newly discovered documentation that allows him toreplace with reliable facts the myths and unsupported anecdotes previously used in the composer's biography. Among the discoveries are the true identity of the titular heroine of Joplin's opera woman Joplin loved and lost to death and the revelation that Joplin collaborated with Irving Berlin: Joplin apparently believed Berlin's hit Alexander's Ragtime Band was based on materials plagiarised from his work. Essential in any library concerned with American music. John Shreffler
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