Scott Joplin's most famous composition is the Maple Leaf Rag. This piece was recorded in 1913 and many embellishments and ordainments were added that were not in the score. This piece can be stopped at any cadence point (at the end of major sections). Scott Joplin wanted to incorporate ragtime into opera; he believed that it would be a start to end racism. He did compose one opera, Treemonisha at his own expense, but when it was performed in 1915 n a concert hall, but it failed. Not until 1972 did his opera actully reach a real stage.
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