Finally, with the release of the motion picture The Sting in 1974, which had a Marvin Hamlisch soundtrack of Joplin tunes, ragtime was brought to a wide audience.
By far the most famous ragtime composer was Scott Joplin.
Originally ragtime, like jazz, was condemned because of its sensuality and frivolity; however, ragtime has long since become respectable in American society and musical circles.
A wider variety of ragtime styles of the past were made available on records, and new rags were composed, published, and recorded.
Many ragtime pianists, Eubie Blake and Mark Birnbaum among them, include the songs and the later styles as ragtime.
Ragtime also served as the roots for stride piano, a more improvisational piano style popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
Other notable ragtime composers included May Aufderheide, Eubie Blake, George Botsford, James Reese Europe, Ferd "Jelly Roll" Morton, Zez Confrey, Ben Harney, Charles L. Johnson, Luckey Roberts, Paul Sarebresole, Wilber Sweatman, and Tom Turpin.
The emergence of mature ragtime is usually dated to 1897, the year in which several important early rags were published.
James Reese Europe (1881-1991) was another important precursor to the formulation of Ragtime and Jazz.
Ragtime was one of the main influences on the early development of jazz (along with the blues).
According to the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz the musical form was originally called "ragged time" which later became corrupted to "ragtime."
Ragtime was the first truly American musical genre, predating jazz.
Occasionally ragtime was originally scored for ensembles (particularly dance bands and brass bands), or as songs.
The defining characteristic of ragtime music is a specific type of syncopation in which melodic accents occur between metrical beats.
Some early piano rags are entitled marches, and "jig" and "rag" were used interchangeably in the mid-1890s and ragtime was also preceded by its close relative the cakewalk.
In 1899, Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag was published, which became a great hit and demonstrated more depth and sophistication than earlier ragtime.
Three events brought forward a different kind of ragtime revival in the 1970s.
A rag written in 3/4 time is a "ragtime waltz."
Ragtime pieces came in a number of different styles during the years of its popularity and appeared under a number of different descriptive names.
A distinctly American musical style, ragtime may be considered a synthesis of African-American syncopation and European classical music, though this description is oversimplified.
Much of the ragtime recorded in this period is presented in a light-hearted novelty style, looked to with nostalgia as the product of a supposedly more innocent time.
Scott Joplin, the composer/pianist known as the "King of Ragtime", called the effect "weird and intoxicating".
Like classical music, and unlike jazz, classical ragtime was and is primarily a written tradition, being distributed in sheet music rather than through recordings or by imitation of live performances.
Joplin had long-standing ambitions for a synthesis of the worlds of ragtime and opera, to which end the opera Treemonisha was written; but it was never performed in his lifetime.
Using the cakewalk (a form of musical promenade), jig (a lively dance) and march (proceeding in measured steps), ragtime combined African-American syncopation and European classical music to create an American musical style.
A form known as novelty piano (or novelty ragtime) emerged as the traditional rag was fading in popularity.
Ragtime music was also distributed via piano rolls for player pianos.
The heyday of ragtime predated the widespread availability of sound recording.
The name swing later came to be applied to an early genre of jazz that developed from ragtime.
Original ragtime pieces usually contain several distinct themes, four being the most common number.
Ragtime is an American musical genre which enjoyed its peak popularity between 1899 and 1918.
Some authorities consider ragtime to be a form of classical music.
The other two are ragtime music and the cake-walk.
Joseph Lamb and James Scott are, together with Joplin, acknowledged as the three most sophisticated ragtime composers.
Converting a non-ragtime piece of music into ragtime by changing the time values of melody notes is known as "ragging" the piece.
Some artists, like Jelly Roll Morton, were present and performed both ragtime and jazz styles during the period the two genres overlapped.
Ragtime was a highly rhythmic style of music which incorporated the historical aspects of popular genres from the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.
Modern ragtime composers include William Bolcom, William Albright, David Thomas Roberts, Frank French, Trebor Tichenor, Mark Birnbaum and Reginald R. Robinson.
Elements of ragtime found their way into much of the American popular music of the early twentieth century.