American Elephants

Musical Interlude, or Take a Break. by The Elephant's Child
February 10, 2011, 8:54 pm
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Back in the early days of the Twentieth Century, there was a great burst of ragtime.  Scott Joplin and his publisher, John Stark of Sedalia and St. Louis turned out one rag after another.  Happy music.  Here is Joshua Rifkin playing Scott Joplin’s The Chrysanthemum.

When the song was first released, it was dedicated to 19 year-old Freddie Alexander of Little Rock, with whom Joplin had fallen madly in love, and whom he married shortly thereafter.  She died after only ten weeks of marriage.  Joplin was devastated, but hid his grief in his music.

(H/T: Michael Walsh, NRO)

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