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Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin (trans. Jonathan Elkus)

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General Info

Year: 1974
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk ballet
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of Print.


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Program Notes

The Ragtime Dance is a piece of ragtime music by Scott Joplin, first published in 1902. The 1902 arrangement was a short ragtime folk ballet suitable for stage performance, complete with narration and choreography. The narrator recounts a "dark town" ball that took place at 9 p.m. on a Thursday night and included a cakewalk. The choreography is for four couples. Four years later, the work was republished in a piano rag arrangement, stripped of its narration and choreography and substantially shortened.

Marvin Hamlisch incorporated The Ragtime Dance into a medley for the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning 1973 film The Sting.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) - 31 October 2022
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Westgate, conductor) - 1 May 2021
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) - 5 August 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Joplin, S.; Elkus, J. [1974]. Ragtime Dance: A Stop-Time Two-Step [score]. Southern Publishing Co.: New York.
  • The Ragtime Dance, Wikipedia Accessed 2 August 2018