- rhythm in which the accompaniment is strict two-four time and the melody, with improvised embellishments, is in steady syncopation.
- a style of American music having this rhythm, popular from about 1890 to 1915.
Origin of ragtime
- a novel (1975) by E. L. Doctorow.
Examples from the Web for ragtime
Ragtime, blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock and roll were all pioneered or inspired by black artists.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
Ragtime was as sophisticated as Stravinsky, Van Vechten asserted, blues singer Clara Smith as sublime an artist as any opera diva.The Man Who Made American Modernism
February 19, 2014
But you can hear the blues in almost everything he played and sang, whether it be gospel, ragtime, marches, or nonsense songs.Blues Musicians in Unmarked Graves Are Finally Getting Some Respect
January 12, 2014
Years passed and I decided to upload a medley of these ragtime rock songs on YouTube, and that gained some traction.Doo-Wop ‘We Can’t Stop’: Behind the Ridiculously Good Miley Cyrus Cover
September 11, 2013
A year later, she was walking the red carpet as an Academy Award nominee for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime.‘Downton Abbey’ Star Elizabeth McGovern on Season 3, ‘Cheerful Weather for the Wedding,’ and More
December 31, 2012
While perhaps to generalise these delights, a trundled organ tossed a ragtime.The Paliser case
Ragtime floated to us, and presently a snatch from "The Sultan of Sulu."The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
The "piano specialty," which he originated, started the "ragtime" craze.The Art of Stage Dancing
She made coffee in a fantastic percolator, and played Débussy and ragtime.The Trail of the Hawk
Life here hammers in the blood with something of the insistence of ragtime.Nights in London</p>
- a style of jazz piano music, developed by Scott Joplin around 1900, having a two-four rhythm base and a syncopated melody
Word Origin and History for ragtime
also rag-time, "syncopated, jazzy piano music," 1897, perhaps from rag "dance ball" (1895, American English dialect), or a shortening of ragged, in reference to the syncopated melody. Rag (n.) "ragtime dance tune" is from 1899.
If rag-time was called tempo di raga or rague-temps it might win honor more speedily. ... What the derivation of the word is[,] I have not the faintest idea. The negroes call their clog-dancing "ragging" and the dance a "rag." [Rupert Hughes, Boston "Musical Record," April 1900]
Conceive the futility of trying to reduce the intangible ragness to a strict system of misbegotten grace notes and untimely rests! In attempting to perfect, and simplify, art is destroying the unhampered spirit in which consists the whole beauty of rag-time music. The very essence of rag-time is that it shall lack all art, depending for the spirit to be infused more upon the performer than upon the composer himself. ["Yale Literary Magazine," June, 1899]
Her first "rag-time" was "The Bully," in which she made great sport by bringing a little coloured boy on the stage with her. Miss [May] Irwin says the way to learn to sing "rag-time" is to catch a negro and study him. [Lewis C. Strang, "Famous Actresses of the Day in America," Boston, 1899]