The Music of James Scott
Last updated: 17.12.19
Printed: 1992 Author: Scott Deveaux
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press ISBN: 1560981431
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Hardcover, 288 pages, (November 1992).
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From Library Journal
This critical edition draws attention to Scott (1885-1938), a ragtime composer whom some critics rank alongside Scott Joplin. Scott, a highly talented yet little-known African American musician from southwestern Missouri, lived during an era of rampant segregation. He encountered all the usual biases; even bands, ensembles, and concerts were duplicated for black and white audiences. Nonetheless, Scott pursued a self-induced crusade of writing music for all people and developed an elegant compositional style that captured the imagination and appreciation of a public that otherwise shunned "saloon music." Structuring delightful folk-based tunes with classic simplicity, Scott created music that made him a best-selling ragtime composer. The volume contains Scott's complete works--30 rags, four waltzes, and four songs--and is illustrated throughout with eye-catching original music covers. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.
- Kathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, Tex.
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