The “Scott Joplin Renaissance” was in full swing on this day in 1972, as the African American composer and pianist’s work was revived more than a half-century after his passing. Sponsored by the Afro-American Music Workshop of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Joplin’s rediscovered opera Treemonisha was performed for the very first time in a public theater. By May 1975, Treemonisha was staged in a full opera production by the Houston Grand Opera before settling into an eight-week run in New York on Broadway, eventually earning Joplin a special Pulitzer Prize in 1976 that was "bestowed posthumously in this Bicentennial Year, for his contributions to American music."
“Don't play this piece fast. It is never right to play ragtime fast.” —