"Friday Night" Rag (Donald Ashwander)

In its heyday from 1895 to 1918, the syncopated rhythms and sophisticated melodies of ragtime music conquered the world and influenced many "serious" composers, including Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky, Here's an example of ragtime's unique ability to combine toe-tapping rhythms with elegant harmonies.

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