Who was the best know ragtime composer?
Ragtime music originated from African-American communities in the late 19th century, descending from the jigs and march music played by black bands. It began as dance music in the red-light districts in cities such as St Louis and New Orleans, before becoming a popular music genre published as sheet music for piano. An example of popular ragtime music is the 1899 publication of the song 'Maple Leaf Rag' by ragtime composer Scott Joplin.
Scott Joplin (between July 1867 and January 1868 - April 1, 1917) was an Afro-American composer and pianist, born near Texarkana, Texas, into the first post-slavery generation. He achieved fame for his unique ragtime compositions, and was dubbed the "King of Ragtime." During his brief career, Joplin wrote forty-four original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the Maple Leaf Rag, became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and…