Saturday, April 01, 2017

Scott Joplin's "Frolic of the Bears" from Treemonisha.

Joplin: Treemonisha / Act two - No. 13 Frolic of the bears · Houston Grand Opera Orchestra · Gunther Schuller

Because The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag, great as they are, are also too obvious.  :)

You can hear this as part of why Treemonisha didn't go over so well ... and yet also hear it as an example of Joplin striving to move toward a musical language that went beyond the confines of ragtime as known in his day. 

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