Scott Joplin (1867-1917)

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20071002

Scott Joplin (1867-1917)

2/5.

The Ragtime Craze

Donald Macleod talks to Joplin biographer Susan Curtis about how the Chicago World Fair and economic crisis of 1893 helped the ragtime craze take hold, and the obstacles Joplin faced as an African-American composer aspiring to write an opera.

The Entertainer

Mimi Blais (piano)

Swipesy Cake Walk; Peacherine Rag

Scott Kirby (piano)

Easy Winners (arr.

Brubeck)

Chris Brubeck (trombone/piano/bass guitar)

Bill Crofut (banjo)

Joel Brown (guitar)

London Symphony Orchestra

Joel Revzen (conductor)

The Strenuous Life (arr.

Perlman)

Itzhak Perlman (violin)

Andre Previn (piano)

Elite Syncopations (arr.

Matthew Trusler (violin)

Wayne Marshall (piano)

The Sacred Tree; Surprised; Treemonisha's bringing up; Good Advice; Confusion (Treemonisha)

Monisha....Betty Allen (mezzo-soprano)

Treemonisha....Carmen Balthrop (soprano)

Parson Alltalk....Edward Pierson (tenor)

Lucy....Cora Johnson (soprano)

Ned....Willard White (bass)

Remus....Curtis Rayam (tenor)

Chorus and Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera

Gunther Schuller (conductor)

20071003

Scott Joplin (1867-1917)

3/5.

The Ragtime Debate

Donald Macleod examines how America's critics and musical establishment responded to ragtime.

Supporters claimed ragtime was 'the only original and characteristic music America has produced thus far', but the music was seen by some as a moral, intellectual and physical threat.

Weeping Willow

Scott Joplin (piano roll)

Bethena (A concert waltz)

Morten Gunnar Larsen (piano)

Something Doing; Binks' Waltz

Ralph Grierson (piano)

The Southland Stingers

George Sponhaltz (conductor)

The Chrysanthemum; The Cascades

Dick Hyman (piano)

Superstition; Frolic of the Bears (Treemonisha, Act 2)

Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra

Morten Gunnar Larsen (director)

Seim Songkor

Leif Egil Vatnoy (conductor)

Rosebud March

Scott Kirby (piano)

A Concert Waltz

Katia and Marielle Labeque (pianos)

The Wasp Nest; The Rescue; We will rest awhile; Going home; Aunt Dinah has Blowed the Horn (Treemonisha, Act 2)

Simon....Raymond Bazemore (bass)

Cephus....Dwight Ransom (voice)

Treemonisha....Carmen Balthrop (soprano)

Remus....Curtis Rayam (tenor)

Chorus and Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera

Gunther Schuller (conductor)

20071003

3/5.

The Ragtime Debate

Donald Macleod examines how America's critics and musical establishment responded to ragtime.

Supporters claimed ragtime was 'the only original and characteristic music America has produced thus far', but the music was seen by some as a moral, intellectual and physical threat.

Weeping Willow

Scott Joplin (piano roll)

Bethena (A concert waltz)

Morten Gunnar Larsen (piano)

Something Doing; Binks' Waltz

Ralph Grierson (piano)

The Southland Stingers

George Sponhaltz (conductor)

The Chrysanthemum; The Cascades

Dick Hyman (piano)

Superstition; Frolic of the Bears (Treemonisha, Act 2)

Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra

Morten Gunnar Larsen (director)

Seim Songkor

Leif Egil Vatnoy (conductor)

Rosebud March

Scott Kirby (piano)

A Concert Waltz

Katia and Marielle Labeque (pianos)

The Wasp Nest; The Rescue; We will rest awhile; Going home; Aunt Dinah has Blowed the Horn (Treemonisha, Act 2)

Simon....Raymond Bazemore (bass)

Cephus....Dwight Ransom (voice)

Treemonisha....Carmen Balthrop (soprano)

Remus....Curtis Rayam (tenor)

Chorus and Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera

Gunther Schuller (conductor)

01The Roots Of Ragtime20071001

With the help of ragtime performer Morten Gunnar Larsen, Donald Macleod looks at Scott Joplin's beginnings, and the roots of the music he helped to define, which would dominate American music for two decades.

The Favorite

Scott Kirby (piano)

Overture (Treemonisha)

Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra

Morten Gunnar Larsen (director)

Original Rags

Morten Gunnar Larsen (piano)

The Crush Collision March

Benjamin Loeb (piano)

Combination March/Harmony Club Waltz

William Albright (piano)

Maple Leaf Rag

Scott Joplin (piano roll)

Sunflower Slow Drag

The New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble

Gunther Schuller (conductor)

The Bag of Luck; The Corn Huskers; We're Goin' Around (Treemonisha)

Zodzetrick....Ben Harney (vocalist)

Monisha....Betty Allen (mezzo-soprano)

Ned....Willard White (bass)

Treemonisha....Carmen Balthrop (soprano)

Remus....Curtis Rayam (tenor)

Andy....Kenneth Hicks (tenor)

Chorus and Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera

04Lost In New York20071004

Donald Macleod and Susan Curtis look at Joplin's final decade in New York, with the composer struggling for recognition in a city that should have been full of opportunity and trying in vain to get his opera Treemonisha staged.

Treemonisha (Prelude to Act 3)

Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera

Gunther Schuller (conductor)

Heliotrope Bouquet

Giovanni De Chiaro (guitar)

Wall Street Rag

Scott Kirby (piano)

Solace (A Mexican Serenade)

Morten Gunnar Larsen (piano)

I want to see my child; Treemonisha's Return; Wrong is never right; Abuse; When villains ramble far and near; Conjurors forgiven; We will trust you as our leader (Treemonisha, Act 3)

Monisha....Betty Allen (mezzo-soprano)

Ned....Willard White (bass)

Treemonisha....Carmen Balthrop (soprano)

Remus....Curtis Rayam (tenor)

Andy....Kenneth Hicks (tenor)

Zodzetrick....Ben Harney (voice)

Luddud....Dorceal Duckens (voice)

Chorus and Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera

05 LASTRagtime's Revival20071005

Joplin and ragtime were almost forgotten within a few years of the composer's death, but by the 1970s, he was being awarded a posthumous Pulitzer prize and his music was everywhere.

Donald Macleod and Morten Gunnar Larsen track the phenomenal revival of Joplin's music.

Maple Leaf Rag (Stomp)

Morten Gunnar Larsen (piano)

Stoptime Rag

Benjamin Loeb (piano)

Euphonic Sounds

Scott Joplin's New Rag

Scott Kirby (piano)

Gladiolus Rag; Paragon Rag

Joshua Rifkin (piano)

Solace (orchestral version, arr.

Hamlisch); The Entertainer (orchestral version, arr.

Schuller); Pineapple Rag (orchestral version, arr.

Schuller)

Marvin Hamlisch (piano)

Universal Studio musicians (Soundtrack from The Sting)

A Real Slow Drag (Treemonisha, Act 3)

Treemonisha....Carmen Balthrop (soprano)

Lucy....Cora Johnson (soprano)

Chorus and Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera

Gunther Schuller (conductor)

Magnetic Rag