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Daemon
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Ragtime

Ragtime is a style of American piano music emphasizing syncopation and polyrhythm. Popular in the early 20th century, it was the first form of jazz to exert a wide appeal—thanks, in part, to Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, its most celebrated composers and performers. In a ragtime composition, the pianist's left hand keeps an accented beat while the right hand plays a fast, bouncing melody that gives the music its powerful forward impetus. What is the likely origin of the name "ragtime"? More...
Vit Babenco
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I always like syncopated music.
NeuroticHellFem
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I'm a big fan of Bessie Smith, so I'm familiar with Cakewalking Babies, Alexander's Ragtime Band & so many more. This stuff was around when my grandmother was barely born. Love the "ragged" rhythm. Dancing
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great dance music
monamagda
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Two stories for the origin of the name 'ragtime'.

The more popular one being that the syncopated rhythms gave it a 'ragged' feel, and thus the rhythm, or 'time' was ragged - ragtime.

The second is that young ladies working in houses of ill repute in New Orleans and the like were still expected to serve customer during their mensus - the time while they were 'on the rag' ... but they were expected to serve in the capacity of company in the parlor only - where men would wait their turn for one of the available women. In the parlor would be light drinks, bawdy conversation and popular music of the day. The time in the parlor was their 'rag time' and the label became attached to the music played there.

According to conchobor2 - https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081102145159AAzB5XG
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Good music and also really "fun" to hear....But, I beg to differ with; "...young ladies working in houses of ill repute in New Orleans..." There is no "ill repute" for young ladies attempting to make a living in environment's that are controlled by evil men. And not has changed in 80 years'.
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DO YOU WANT TO DANCE?
Milica Boghunovich
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Rag-time because of its syncopated, "ragged" rhythm... Lively music to enjoy in open sunshine...
Omar Mariani
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It may come from ragged or syncopated rhythm of the right hand
NeuroticHellFem
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monamagda wrote:
Two stories for the origin of the name 'ragtime'.

The more popular one being that the syncopated rhythms gave it a 'ragged' feel, and thus the rhythm, or 'time' was ragged - ragtime.

The second is that young ladies working in houses of ill repute in New Orleans and the like were still expected to serve customer during their mensus - the time while they were 'on the rag' ... but they were expected to serve in the capacity of company in the parlor only - where men would wait their turn for one of the available women. In the parlor would be light drinks, bawdy conversation and popular music of the day. The time in the parlor was their 'rag time' and the label became attached to the music played there.

According to conchobor2 - https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081102145159AAzB5XG


Interesting! It's a common Aussie term, "on the/my/her rag".
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