Ragtime is a novel by E. Doctorow, published in 1975. It is a work of historical fiction mainly set in the New York City area from 1902 until 1912. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Ragtime number 86 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Note: this study guide is based on Ragtime (Version 2) which has been produced on the West End, the Touring Broadway production, and in regional theatres around the world. It features a somewhat smaller cast and orchestra and less elaborate scenery that the Broadway production (called “Version 1” on the Music Theater International website.).

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Randy Newman Ragtime

Composition is a tricky topic since so much of it is subjective. Why did I even attempt tackling it? Over the years I had received increasingly larger numbers of requests for composition tips, as well as compositions to evaluate, and nearly all of them seemed to ask for some kind of guide to make things easier. Even as an award-winning composer, for which I am grateful, I can't exactly ease the process of ragtime composition. However, I have the experience in the genre to at least provide some guidelines to follow or things to avoid, while leaving lots of room for personal choice and potentially improving the end result. A caveat, though: Even though I always try to present a collective point of view, some of what is expressed in here is a matter of personal taste or opinion, either mine or members of the ragtime community that I know fairly well. The rest of the content is based on common sense or known fact. It is sometimes hard to separate the two, but where I can I do. Mine is only one voice in a sea of many valid opinions on ragtime composition, or composition in general, so should be used only as intended - as a general guide for getting started and avoiding certain pitfalls. I urge you to also ask other composers for their points of view as well, and to look to both modern and vintage compositions that appeal to you as a style template as well. The collective information is more likely to result in personal success than just trying to mete out something from scratch, but more detail is contained below.