We don’t know a lot about Louis Chauvin- he was very popular as a ragtime pianist but didn’t know how to write music, so most of his own compositions went unrecorded. One that, luckily enough, didn’t is called Heliotrope Bouquet from 1907. Supposedly, he started the song and got too sick and died before he could finish it, so a friend of his, Scott Joplin (yep) wrote the rest and transcribed it for him. I was nuts about Scott Joplin as a kid and this is the earliest song I remember loving besides for ones by the Beach Boys (stay tuned).
In the book Ragtime, John Edward Hasse states, “There are four main types of ragtime: (1) instrumental rags, (2) ragtime songs, (3) ragtime or syncopated waltzes, and (4) ‘ragging’ of classics and other preexisting pieces.”
The next 4 videos will be examples of the these different types.