shiloh asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 3 months ago

What is distinctive about ragtime? From which traditions was it drawn?

1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    The defining characteristic of ragtime music is a specific type of syncopation in which melodic accents fall between metrical beats. This results in a melody that seems to be avoiding some metrical beats of the accompaniment by emphasizing notes that either anticipate or follow the beat. Ragtime originated in African American music in the late 19th century and descended from the jigs and march music played by African American bands, referred to as "jig piano" or "piano thumping".

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