Scott Joplin (c.1867-1917) is known as the "King of Ragtime." One of the earliest African-American composers to have his works published, Joplin brought a classical sensibility to ragtime, which had served as music for popular entertainment rather than as art music. Although he is best known for his piano rags, he also wrote several songs and the opera Treemonisha. Joplin's works were extremely popular during his lifetime and enjoyed renewed popularity during the 1970s, when his opera was staged and several of his rags were featured in the motion picture The Sting.
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