Scott Joplin

Ragtime, Vol. 3 (Early 1900's)

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The third of three Biograph LPs that feature piano rolls of Scott Joplin compositions puts the emphasis on rolls that were hand-punched rather than actually played. Most of the time the sheet music was only used as a guide rather than something to be exactly duplicated, and often the final piano rolls were so dense as to be impossible for one pianist to duplicate, sounding like two or three players. This album from 1972, in addition to eight of Joplin's rags (including "Maple Leaf Rag," "Sunflower Slow Drag" and the previously unpublished "Silver Swan") has three rag "medleys" in which a theme or two of several different rags is heard one after the another; "Scott Joplin's Best Rags" has parts of six different songs. Interesting but not essential music.