Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime

Overview

Scott Joplin occupies a pivotal position in American musical and social history. From humble origins – he was born into a family of railroad labourers in Texas in 1868 - he was to achieve national fame, most notably for his Maple Leaf Rag, and he would go on to create a body of work full of lyricism and rhythmic vitality.

The story of Joplin’s life illustrates the hurdles encountered by an African-American musician in American society at the turn on the 20th century. Even his thorough musical education came about largely due to sheer good fortune.

This day school will analyse Joplin’s music, tracing its origins in a combination of Western classical harmony and African-American music and defining the distinction between ragtime and jazz.

We will also study the central work of Joplin’s final years, his opera Treemonisha which, although performed in Joplin’s lifetime, was neglected for decades after his death.

In association with Jazz at St Giles.

Programme details

9.45am
Registration

10.00am
Original Rags
Humble origins and musical education

11.15am
Coffee/tea break

11.45am
Maple Leaf Rag
Fame and (some) fortune

1.00pm
Lunch break

2.00pm
Treemonisha
"an entirely new form of operatic art"

3.15pm
Coffee/tea break

3.45pm
Magnetic Rag
Final years

5.00pm
Course disperses

Fees

Description Costs
Tuition fee (includes tea/coffee) £85.00
Baguette £6.10

Funding

If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutors

Mr Jonathan Darnborough

Tutor and Director of Studies

Jonathan Darnborough is Director of Studies in Music and Departmental Lecturer in Music at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. As composer and pianist, he has performed throughout Britain as well as in the USA and Europe. He is the author of Oxford University’s first three online courses in music.

Miss Claire-Louise Lucas

Demonstrator

Claire-Louise Lucas, mezzo-soprano, has performed throughout the UK and in the USA. She has sung for Opera North, Opera International and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.

Application

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Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.