Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

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Chauvin
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Tom Turpin
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Dr. Jaelki
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Madam Amy
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John Stark
David Healy ...
Sam Bundler
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Liebling
Fred Pinkard ...
Dr. Adams
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Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

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Scott Joplin's Ragtime Music Portrayed American Life.

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The only other composers mentioned as worthy equals in the film are John Philip Sousa and Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton. See more »

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Man at Audition: Get up from the piano, boy. You're hurting its feelings.
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written by Scott Joplin
performed by Dick Hyman
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Joplin Opportunity
8 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the previous 2 reviewers, but I feel Joplin is still largely unappreciated within the USA. His music will last like that of Chopin, Verdi and the other sublime masters. I have been a professional musician for over 50 years and find Joplin's music as addictive as Bach or Mozart, especially since I am an American with classical, jazz and ragtime chops.

Any producers that can read this might consider a movie of Joplin's opera, which I have heard live and still get chills from thinking about it. In the same vein, the great American composer, Louis Gottschalk is also not widely known and appreciated. Gottschalk out ranked Chopin in Paris, France at one special time in the history of music. Perhaps the Indie film folks might also consider a film on Gottschalk, who was larger than life as was Joplin.


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