Ragtime music, or as it is often called; Rag-time, is a style of music that was very popular between 1897 and 1918. What makes it so special is the syncopated rhythm together with a “chopped” or "ragged", rhythm pattern in the bass.
Ragtime was a dance music form found in the red-light districts of American cities such as St. Louis and New Orleans before it was being printed as popular sheet music for piano.
Scott Joplin is the most famous composer of rag-time pieces for piano, and his style of composing has been said to be an American equivalent of minuets, mazurkas or waltzes.
Here I have selected a few of Scott Joplin's most popular and somewhat easier rag-time pieces. The sheet music is in the public domain, so you can print for free and start playing immediately!
Please note: You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open these piano notes. You can get Adobe Reader for free here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page).
If you love Ragtime for piano and are looking for a good book with Scott Joplin's piano pieces, a really great edition is:
which is edited by Maurice Hinson. This edition also includes a guide to ragtime history, style and interpretation.
Scott Joplin at the Piano
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