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the most significant form of musical expression of African-American culture and arguably the most outstanding contribution the United States has made to the art of music. Origins of Jazz

Jazz developed in the latter part of the 19th cent.
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(1) A form of everyday dance music of urban American Negroes, which developed in the second half of the 19th century. A unique, sharply syncopated form of music, ragtime was a forerunner of jazz. Early examples of an artistic treatment of ragtime are encountered in A. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (subtitled “From the New World”) and in his string quartet.

(2) An American salon and ballroom dance for couples, based on a rhythmic form of ragtime in 2/4 time. Ragtime came into fashion circa 1910. The two-step, the one-step, and the foxtrot are among the dances that developed from ragtime. I. F. Stravinsky used elements of this type of music in several works, including Ragtime (for 11 instruments) and the ballet pantomime The Soldier’s Tale.


a style of jazz piano music, developed by Scott Joplin around 1900, having a two-four rhythm base and a syncopated melody
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Ragtime music, which is still composed today, achieved its peak in the late 1890s and was popular through the 1920s.
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Ragtime music, a melange of American musical influences including the syncopation of African drumming rhythms, took the nation by storm in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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That sentiment-worn-on-the-sleeve quality extends to much of the acting in the first act, as if the occasionally deployed ragtime music prompted director Kate Whoriskey and her cast to pound the words as hard as Mayme hits the piano keys.