Definition of ragtime
1 : rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment in stride-piano style
2 : music having ragtime rhythm
Recent Examples of ragtime from the Web
In this lively book, Alan Chandler, a Seattle music scholar, receives an intriguing package from a friend: previously undiscovered compositions by the ragtime pioneer Scott Joplin.
Top Brass The Americus Brass Band performs classic marches, ragtime and more.
Aesop’s fable is brought to life in a ragtime musical comedy with a farcical race.
Enid then gravitates towards Seymour (a career-defining performance for Buscemi), becoming fascinated by this outcast of a different generation, a record collector who can’t help but correct people over the difference between blues and ragtime.
Tap your feet to the beat of ragtime on Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m., as Kandie Carle and Mark Casslar introduce you to the delightful dances of the era.
A combination of ragtime, Tin Pan Alley, blues, jazz, all blended with ethnic music and klezmer.
Louisiana has long had a reputation for great music, starting with the ragtime and jazz of the late 1800s, all of it heavily influenced by Acadian and Creole backgrounds.
What with his admirable way of incorporating ragtime, stride and antique musical theater forms into his work, something set in 1932 New York City should be right up his Tin Pan Alley.
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Origin and Etymology of ragtime
probably from ragged + time
First Known Use: 1896See Words from the same year
RAGTIME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ragtime for English Language Learners
: a type of lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century
RAGTIME Defined for Kids
Definition of ragtime for Students
: music that has a lively melody and a steady rhythm like a march
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