Come and Take It is a talk show about Texas, by Texans. Three friends born and raised in Texas share their views on the state’s history, culture, and just what it means to be Texan.
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Scott Joplin was one of the most influential musicians and composers in American history. The son of poor black workers in East Texas, he was instrumental in popularizing ragtime music, an early precursor to jazz. Despite his popularity, the critical success and acceptance he craved within classical music circles eluded him, and he died an early death in poverty and obscurity. Nearly 50 years would pass before he became recognized outside of the musical world for his influence on America’s music and culture.
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The annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival is held each year in Joplin’s adopted home of Sedalia, MO. Their website has great information about Joplin and the International Ragtime Foundation.
A very nice biography of Joplin, including links to his sheet music and some recordings.
Here are three sites where you can hear different rags and songs by Joplin:
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