MAPLE LEAF RAG - SCOTT JOPLIN (1899)
A fitting end to one century and beginning to the next, the publication of "Maple Leaf Rag" by publisher John Stark marks the emergence of ragtime as a popular musical form. By 1909 it had sold over a half-million copies. To the aspiring ragtime composer, "Maple Leaf" became the model for this relatively new form of music. My version diverges from Joplin's original in two ways: 1. I have chosen to swing it, and 2. I have left out the standard repetition of the A section after the B section.