The Entertainer

“The Entertainer” is a classic piano rag by African-American pianist and composer Scott Joplin, published in 1902. It is sub-titled “A Rag Time Two Step,” a form of dance popular at the time.

As a musical syle, ragtime enjoyed its peak popularity between about 1895 and 1918. Its signature musical element is syncopation, or “ragged” rhythm.

The latter 20th-century revival of ragtime was sparked when, in November 1970, the classical recording label Nonesuch released Scott Joplin: Piano Rags by pianist Joshua Rifkin, with “The Entertainer” as its second track. The LP sold 100,000 copies in its first year and eventually became Nonesuch’s first million-selling record. Joplin’s music was adapted by film composer Marvin Hamlisch for the 1973 motion picture, The Sting, with “The Entertainer” as the main theme. Thanks to the film, “The Entertainer” climbed American pop music charts, and Joplin’s music earned new appreciation in both the popular and classical music worlds.

This arrangement adapts Joplin’s famous work for four trombones and optional drum set.

Score, parts for trombones 1-4, drum set — $8.99