Scott Joplin

16 Classic Rags

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Dick Hyman explores some of Scott Joplin's finest rags on this solo piano album. By picking some slower tempoes and putting lots of emotion into most of the themes, Hyman's interpretations often have a personality of their own. In addition to "Maple Leaf Rag," "The Easy Winners" "Euphonic Sounds" and "The Ragtime Dance," Hyman plays fairly lengthy versions of "Weeping Willow," "Magnetic Rag" (over five minutes long) and "Lily Queen" without changing a note.