Completed List of Songs and Soundtracks
Photos with Scott Joplin
BiographyTexas, United States (1867 – 1917)
Scott Joplin, the second of six children, was born in eastern Texas, near Linden, to Florence Givins and Giles or Jiles Joplin. For many years, his birthdate was thought to be November 24, 1868; but research by ragtime historian Ed Berlin has revealed this is inaccurate. Read more... /> After 1871, the Joplin family moved to Texarkana, Texas, and Scott’s mother cleaned homes so Scott could have a place to practice his music. By 1882 his mother had purchased a piano. Showing musical ability at an early age, the young Joplin received free piano lessons from a German music teacher, Julius Weiss, who gave him a well rounded knowledge of classical music form, which would serve him well in later years and fuel his ambition to create a “classical” form of ragtime. At the 1893 World’s Fair, in Chicago, Illinois, he heard the latest music, including the concert band of John Phillip Sousa, who played there daily. He would later further his musical education by attending George R. Smith College in Sedalia, Missouri, studying music theory, harmony, and composition.
By the late 1880s, Scott Joplin had left home to start a life of his own. He may have joined or formed various quartets and other musical groups and traveled around the Midwest to sing.
Video with Scott Joplin
Albums by Scott Joplin
Ragtime (The Music Of Scott Joplin)
The Entertainer - Classic Ragtime from Rare Piano Rolls
The Ultimate Guitar Collection
The Legend of 1900 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Classical Treasures - Maple Leaf Rag
The Entertainer - The Ultimate Complete Works
Scott Joplin: The Complete Rags, Marches, Waltzes & Songs