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Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag cover
Composition by Scott Japlin
Released 1899
Recorded 1899
Genre Ragtime

The "Maple Leaf Rag" is a ragtime musical arrangement for the piano composed by Scott Joplin in the United States during the early 1900s. It was one of Joplin's early works, and became the model for ragtime compositions by subsequent composers. It is one of the most famous of all ragtime pieces.

Despite ragtime's decline after Joplin's death in 1917, the "Maple Leaf Rag" continued to be recorded by many well-known artists. The ragtime revival of the 1970s brought it back to mainstream public notice once again.

Style[]

The sheet music for this arrangement is primarily in A flat major. The tempo is predominately moderately fast and features syncopated rhythm throughout the entire piece. As with all ragtime compositions, the marching tempo should remain constant and must not exceed Allegro. In addition, the music requires the left hand to move through multiple octaves while playing, making it difficult to pianists with little to no experience. The entire music consists of four different sections which can be marked with notations ABAC. Section A represents the beginning section. Section B stands for the middle section and while C symbolizes the last section of the piece which is commonly known as the Trio.

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