Scott Joplin himself is said to have claimed that Maple Leaf Rag was going to make him "King of Ragtime Composers" and it was both the first of his compositions to reach a wide audience and went on to be his most enduring hit. Its sales provided him with a steady income for years to come, and to this day the title of "King of Ragtime" has stuck. He went on to write dozens of ragtime and other dances in his bid to elevate the music he loved from its saloon-bar roots into popular awareness. He returned to Maple Leaf rag in later years developing it into the more refined Gladiolus Rag which is also available.
This arrangement is also available as part of the collection: A Bundle of Rags
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