Categories: Music Theory

An American style of music characterized by “ragged” or syncopated rhythms. It was popular between the 1890’s and the 1910’s. Scott Joplin was a major exponent of ragtime. By the 1920’s ragtime had given way to jazz.

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Definition of "Ragtime" by Chat GPT: Ragtime is a genre of music characterized by its syncopated or "ragged" rhythm, which became popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. It originated as African American music, particularly in the Southern United States, and was later popularized by sheet music and live performances across the country. Ragtime is played primarily on the piano and features a distinctive left-hand pattern that emphasizes the off-beats or "upbeats" of the measure. It influenced the development of jazz and many other genres of music.
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