Scott Joplin

1868 - 1917

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Scott Joplin (November 24, 1868 – April 1, 1917) was an American composer and pianist. Dubbed the "King of Ragtime", he composed more than 40 ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first and most popular pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became the genre's first and most influential hit, later being recognized as the quintessential rag. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Scott Joplin has received more than 3,037,784 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Scott Joplin is the 187th most popular composer (down from 166th in 2019), the 832nd most popular biography from United States (down from 707th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Composer.

Scott Joplin is most famous for his ragtime compositions.

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Among composers, Scott Joplin ranks 187 out of 1,451Before him are Giuseppe Torelli, Philip Glass, Sigismond Thalberg, Samuel Barber, Leonardo Vinci, and Louis Spohr. After him are Eduard Strauss, Karol Szymanowski, Andrea Luchesi, Francis Lai, Witold Lutosławski, and Anna Maria Mozart.

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Among people born in 1868, Scott Joplin ranks 29Before him are Robert Falcon Scott, Dietrich Eckart, August Horch, Felix Hoffmann, Vittorio Monti, and Edmond Rostand. After him are Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Charles Maurras, Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, Josephine Bakhita, Myrtle Corbin, and Stefan George. Among people deceased in 1917, Scott Joplin ranks 17Before him are Edward Burnett Tylor, Emil Theodor Kocher, Buffalo Bill, John William Waterhouse, Dragutin Dimitrijević, and Franz Brentano. After him are Ludwig Minkus, Ranavalona III, Hussein Kamel of Egypt, Radomir Putnik, Liliʻuokalani, and Dadabhai Naoroji.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Scott Joplin ranks 832 out of 20,380Before him are Nikki Sixx (1958), Tim Robbins (1958), Dick Fosbury (1947), Mark Zuckerberg (1984), Michael Bloomberg (1942), and John Dos Passos (1896). After him are Rudy Giuliani (1944), Bill Evans (1929), Don Johnson (1949), Linda Hunt (1945), Victor Fleming (1889), and Mark David Chapman (1955).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Scott Joplin ranks 8Before him are John Williams (1932), George Gershwin (1898), John Cage (1912), Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), and Samuel Barber (1910). After him are Steve Reich (1936), Angelo Badalamenti (1937), James Horner (1953), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), Alan Silvestri (1950), and Bernard Herrmann (1911).