Musical Term of the Week
by Melissa Wimbish
This week’s musical term is not one that is typically associated with classical music, but I found a couple of great resources that define the term by referencing classical pieces and even using classical terminology. Here’s one example from the article Ragtime: The Music That Gave Birth to Jazz.
Ragtime – Ragtime was a relatively brief-lived musical form, its popularity lasting for about twenty years, but it was an essential link between earlier forms of “Negro music,” European (“classical”) music, and jazz. It was defined at the time by its then-revolutionary use of syncopation. As Eubie Blake put it, “Anything that is syncopated is basically ragtime. I don’t care whether it’s Liszt’s ‘Hungarian Rhapsody’ or Tchaikovsky (my favorite composer) in his ‘Waltz of the Flowers.’” (This definition is featured in the article, Ragtime: The Music That Gave Birth to Jazz)