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.