New on YouTube: Why is Ragtime Called a Ragtime?


Scott Joplin is known as the King of Ragtime, having written about 100 of them. Joplin was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his rags. Why is ragtime called a ragtime? In the latest YouTube video in the Bach@Home series, pianist Magdalena Baczewska performs Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag and explains the stylistic features of the genre.