Books and Recordings


Scott Joplin, Scott Joplin — Complete Piano Works: Rags, Waltzes, Marches, Alfred Music, 1985. This book features Joplin's complete works for piano, in their original editions. Produced in cooperation with the New York Public Library, this comprehensive sheet music collection also includes an introduction by Vera Brodsky Lawrence and an excellent historical essay by noted ragtime scholar Rudi Blesh.


Ed Berlin, King of Ragtime, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2016.


Joshua RifkinPiano Rags, Nonesuch Records, 1970. Rifkin is a musicologist, conductor, and keyboardist, and an esteemed scholar of Baroque music. He studied music at The Juilliard School, NYU, the University of Gottingen, and Princeton University. Piano Rags was nominated for two Grammy Awards, and followed by a second volume. The New York Magazine wrote that the double album “created, almost alone the Scott Joplin revival.” eventually became Nonesuch's first million-selling record.

William Bolcom is a noted interpreter of Scott Joplin’s works as well as a composer of ragtime music. In particular, his album, Euphonic Sounds, has been often cited as one of the most artistic interpretations of Joplin’s piano music. Euphonic Sounds includes sixteen of Joplin’s finest compositions.

Richard Dowling is evidently the first to perform the complete works of Joplin from memory. He has a lovely new edition on CD with program notes from Bryan Wright.