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Scott Joplin:

Born on November 24, 1868, at Caves Springs, near Linden, Texas. After several years as an itinerant pianist in brothels and saloons, Joplin settled in St. Louis about 1890. in 1899 Carl Hoffman issued Joplin's first ragtime publications, including his best-known piece, "Maple Leaf Rag". The sheet music went on to sell over one million copies. Joplin was truly an innovative composer, with a ballet, ("The Ragtime Dance"), and two operas, ("The Guest of Honor" and "Treemonisha") to his credit. Unfortunately the orchestration scores for both the operas are lost. He was projecting a ragtime symphony when he entered the Manhattan State Hospital, where he died on April 1, 1917. His music was featured in the 1973 motion picture "The Sting", which won an Academy Award for its film score. Scott Joplin is the Texan who first brought Ragtime music to the world.