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Scott Joplin: Heliotrope Bouquet

Beautiful song here, the person playing starts out playing a slice of Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple (No Idea Why?),
this is a great finger style piece in a standard tuning.

The best we can say is that Scott Joplin was born in Texas,
probably in the northeast part of the state, for the U.S. Census locates him there in July 1870 as a two-year-old child.
That he was already two at that time (and was twelve when the next Census was taken, in June 1880) indicates that the frequently-cited and
celebrated birth date of November 24, 1868 is incorrect.

So then, when was he born? Available documents point to a birth between June 1867 and mid-January 1868.

When he was still a young child, his family left the farm on which his father (formerly a slave) worked as a laborer.
They moved to the newly established town of Texarkana, which straddles the Texas-Arkansas border. The Joplins lived on both sides of the border.

Anecdotes relate that the young Scott gained access to a piano in a white-owned home where his mother worked, and taught himself the rudiments of music.
In support of this story, we note its reflection in a detail in Treemonisha, an opera that Joplin published in 1911:
paying tribute to his mother’s efforts that enabled him to start his musical education, he has the heroine of the opera obtain education through her parent’s labors in a white-owned home.

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