Solace for flute ensemble
Dubbed the “king of ragtime”, Scott Joplin (1867-1917) composed over 40 piano pieces, a ballet, and two operas. He is credited with refining ragtime, developing it far beyond the brothel dance music from cities such as St. Louis. The resultant new art form combined Afro-American folk music's syncopation with the harmonic schemes of 19th century European romanticism. Solace is especially soulful, infectious, and harmonically colorful.