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A type of music from America and popular at the turn of the century (around 1900). It is a syncopated style of music which is often taken as a precursor to Jazz but originated in the March and is related to the Cakewalk.

It originated in Black African American communities and spread rapidly throughout America and matured to produce some well known composers such as Scott Joplin, best known for The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag.

There was a Folk Ragtime tradition and many of the tunes are still popular today in Old-time and Bluegrass music. (Beaumonts Rag, Black and White Rag, Dill Pickle Rag etc.)