Time has heard the strains of a myriad of musical styles. Some styles liven with age while others fade. The same is true of the composers themselves; some are regarded as brilliant masters from the beginning of their lives while others are praised only posthumously. Endurance is the ultimate test. Scott Joplin endured great injustices and criticism, yet he remains the “King of Ragtime”.
We remember the master by publishing “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag” in this 2 in 1 original edition. Joplin’s most popular rag, “The Entertainer” reached high acclaim in 1973 as a recognizable theme from the movie classic, "The Sting". This Academy Award-Winning film was solely responsible for the resurgence of ragtime in general, but more specifically brought renewed interest in the works of Scott Joplin. “The Maple Leaf Rag”, unlike so many others, became quite popular during Joplin’s lifetime, so much so that it was the first sheet of music to sell over one million copies.
Santorella Publications is pleased to combine these two rags in a special, “Signature Sheet” ragtime piano solo. This newly engraved edition is clean, sharp, distinct and accurate. An absolute pleasure to read as each crisp note seems to pop off the page.