Essay heading: A Comparative Study of the Development of Ragtime and Dixieland Between 1850 and 1920s

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October 23, 2000

 

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Nevertheless as the style evolved, ragtime developed into a structured four-theme form, with each melody typically encompassing sixteen bars. The most common form for these classic rag pieces was AABBACCDD, with a modulation to a different key typically employed for the C theme. Although the published ragtime compositions came to include vocal works and band arrangements, this style reached its highest pitch as a form of solo piano music...
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In many ways, the spread of this jubilant new music went hand in hand with the growing popularity of pianos in turn-of-the-century American households. Between 1890 and 1909, total piano production in the United States grew from under 100,000 instruments per year to over 350,000--and it is worth noting that 1909 marked the peak level not only in American piano production, but also in the number of ragtime pieces published...
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