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Maple Leaf Rag Day 2023

April 1, 2023

Happy Maple Leaf Rag Day everyone!

As a tribute to Scott Joplin’s unhonored request to have it played at his funeral on 1 April 1917, today is the day to play the Maple Leaf Rag. Play it any way you can: crank it up on a music player, or on YouTube, or if you’re a musician, perform it (or learn it!) on your instrument of choice. There are many renditions of the M.L.R. provided in past posts here at, but new versions are always springing up — even 124  years after the M.L.R. was published in 1899!


On the historical significance of the Scott Joplin’s music: “Many people don’t realize just how this artist’s work still influences the social and musical landscapes of America a century after his death,” explains the Polyphonic channel in the video below which takes a closer look at “The Incredible Story of America’s First Pop Star.

Here’s a well-executed, traditional performance of the Maple Leaf Rag by Richard Dowling performed in his “Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin” released 1 April 2017 — the 100th anniversary of SJ’s passing.

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Keep in touch with the King Of Ragtime’s social media channels on Facebook & Twitter.

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