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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.

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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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"It's just very upbeat and old fashioned," says Olivia of playing ragtime, a fourth-grader at Kildeer Countryside School.
"Good Bye Alexander, Good Bye Honey Boy" (1918)--the title refers both to the contemporary and successful Honey Boy Minstrel Troupe, as well as to Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1911)--features slangy lyrics, but its cover is racially ambiguous.
Portents 1: A Joplin Bouquet: recording of classic ragtime compositions by Scott Joplin and played by Ann Charters (1964).
But to those experiencing it for the first time, it was a novel and almost disturbing sensation; a typical review noted that "the catchy ragtime refrains kept the head nodding and the toe tapping all over the theatre by means of their irresistible rhythm." Today this reads like someone marveling that a dessert is sweet, but before ragtime, American pop consisted of waltzes, weepy ballads, marches, and jigs.
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Alexander's Ragtime Band sparked an international dance craze in places as far away as Berlin's native Russia.
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As such, critics starting to dub him "the Welsh ragtime wizard".
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The event will run from July 11 to 13, with the best in classic jazz, from Ragtime to Swing.