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Richard Zimmerman

revised by Maristella Feustle

twelve eighth notes—corresponding to a four-bar phrase in 2/4 time—would delineate four groups of three. From 1911 through 1916 , Botsford published a number of works in collaboration with songwriter Jean Havez, and in 1914 , launched an unsuccessful venture to perform miniature operas staged with three or four performers. A charter member of ASCAP in 1914 , he has remained best known for his ragtime works, but also managed harmony and quartet department for the music publisher Jerome H. Remick & Co., worked as music director for various stage productions, and directed

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Edward A. Berlin

R. Blesh and H. Janis : They all Played Ragtime (New York, 1950, 4/1971) A. Reed : The Life and Works of Scott Joplin (diss., U. of North Carolina, 1973) J. Haskins and K. Benson : Scott Joplin (Garden City, NY, 1978) T. Albrecht : “Julius Weiss: Scott Joplin’s First Piano Teacher,” College Music Symposium , 19/2 (1979), 89–105 E.A. Berlin : Ragtime: a Musical and Cultural History (Berkeley, CA, 1980/ R 1984 with addenda) E.A. Berlin : “On the Trail of A Guest of Honor : in Search of Scott Joplin’s Lost Opera,” A Celebration of American Music:

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S. Timothy Maloney

Hades. In the same year he performed on a John Coltrane tribute album with the David Murray Octet and collaborated on Murray and Bob Weir’s opera Satchel Paige . He has also written two operas, Quebecité and Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path , which premiered in Canada in 2003 and 2006 , respectively, and the musical comedy Depressed, Depressed , which was first performed in Chicago in 2006 . He wrote the music for all 26 episodes of “The Ocean Room,” a Canadian children’s television show, and has also composed for “The Wonder Pets,” another children’s show

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Marcello Piras

He was a professional at 13 and was considered the best pianist in town at 15. He was much in demand in the red-light district because of his musical memory and vast repertoire, embracing classical, light classical, opera, cake-walk (which he danced while playing), popular songs from the United States, Europe, and Latin America, blues, and, above all, ragtime. He could read and improvise, sing in a powerful operatic style in any range from baritone to soprano, and even adopt blues inflections. His attire was widely imitated. Jelly Roll Morton considered him a great

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Charles K. Wolfe

revised by Linda J. Daniel

music singer-songwriter and guitarist . He was born in a small Texas community where his family farmed cotton and vegetables. Later they moved to Dallas. His mother eventually remarried, Price spending the school year in the city and summers working on the farm with his father. His opera-loving stepfather encouraged him to study classical voice which he did for six years during his early teens. While in college, he began to sing at Roy’s House Café in Dallas. Price made his first record for Bullet at Jim Beck’s Dallas studio in 1950 and appeared regularly on the

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Barry Jean Ancelet

Special” for Opera Records, in French and in a style that harked back to the traditional sounds of earlier in the century. The record was surprisingly popular, especially among Cajuns who were increasingly concerned about drifting away from their cultural and linguistic heritage. He recorded all of his subsequent records with Eddie Shuler of Goldband Records of Lake Charles, Louisiana. He became a mainstay on the Cajun dance circuit, and though he recorded only a couple of dozen more sides before he died in an automobile accident, they are virtually all still being

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Trebor Jay Tichenor

Cotton Bolls ( 1901 ), Just Ask Me ( 1902 ) and his last piece, Back to Life ( 1905 ), the title of which is said to be indicative of Hunter’s decision to return to a normal life. All but his last rag were published in Nashville, and evidence points to the existence of a distinctive school of ragtime composition in that city. Hunter also wrote a song, Davy ( 1904 ), ‘from the opera Josephine ’, but the complete work was probably never published. Works Pf rags Tickled to Death (1899) ’Possum and ’Taters (1900) A Tennessee Tantalizer (1900) Cotton Bolls

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Marcello Piras

still largely awaits decipherment. Works ( * Collaborative works with Billy Strayhorn. For the nature and extent of such collaboration, see van de Leur, 2002. ) theatrical Operas Boola (Ellington, inc.), 1939 Shout up a Morning, musical drama (P. Farrow, unproduced), 1970 Queenie Pie, street opera (Ellington, inc., compl. M. Ellington, M. Peress), Philadelphia, 1986 Musical comedies Harlem is Heaven (unproduced), 1937 H.M.S. Times Square (unproduced), 1943–5

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Jonas Westover

Carey, Mariah ( Angela ) ( b Huntington, NY , March 27, 1970 ). American singer , composer , producer , and actress . She is one of the top-selling artists of all time, a star in R&B and pop who sold, according to some estimates, more than 200 million albums during the 1990s and 2000s. She learned to sing as a child from her mother, an opera singer and vocal coach. While in high school she sang backing vocals for other artists and developed her own compositional style. She moved to New York in the mid-1980s and became a backing singer for Brenda

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Edward A. Berlin

in which it existed, has become an important document on the time and the music. In 1914 he became a contributing editor of the black newspaper the New York Age. In 1915 , he translated the libretto for Enrique Granados’s opera Goyescas into English; the translation was sold at the New York première performance by the Metropolitan Opera the following year. In 1916 he joined the NAACP as Field Secretary, later becoming Executive Secretary. At the same time, in the 1920s, he became a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Concerned with the preservation of

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Lars Helgert

Hemphill, Anthony Braxton, Chico Hamilton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Davis, John Carter, James Newton, and his own groups such as the Dark Woods Ensemble, Traveler’s Tales, and the Marty Ehrlich Quartet. Ehrlich has also performed as a classical musician with the New York City Opera and the New York City Ballet, and he gave the premiere of David Lang’s The Passing Measures (for solo bass clarinet, chorus, and orchestra, 1998 ) with the Birmingham SO and David Schiff’s Singing in the Dark (for alto saxophone and string quartet, 2002 ) with the Miami String

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Ursel Schlicht

recorded her first work for large ensemble, A Genuine Tong Funeral (RCA). Two years later Charlie Haden commissioned her to arrange music for his album Liberation Music Orchestra ( 1969 , Imp.), and she subsequently arranged for all of the group’s future albums. The first performance of her best-known work, the genre-bending avant-garde jazz opera Escalator over the Hill ( 1971 , with lyrics by Paul Haines), featured a huge cast that included Jack Bruce, Linda Ronstadt, Don Cherry, and John McLaughlin. In 1964 Bley helped to organize the Jazz Composer’s Guild. The

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Dave Laing

chord structures. His performances increasingly favoured flamboyant outrageousness over introspection, paying homage in equal parts to Little Richard and Liberace as he appeared in a series of flamboyant costumes, a style epitomized in his cameo appearance in the film of the Who's rock opera, Tommy . In 1979 he was the first Western pop star to tour the Soviet Union, but his career faltered when the partnership with Taupin was suspended in the late 1970s. They reunited in 1982 and during the 1980s created a number of outstanding songs among which were Nikita ,

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Barry Kernfeld

Tri-Centric Foundation, which organized ensembles to perform his musical, multimedia and interdisciplinary works in New York, beginning with a series of concerts in 1995 , and in October 1996 , the première of Shala Fears for the Poor , the third in his projected series of 12 three-act operas sharing 12 central characters. In 1996 he began giving concerts of Ghost Trance Music , lengthy performances involving an intricate dialectic between notated and improvised materials. In 1997 , with Velibor Pedevsky, he established the record company and label Braxton House, to

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Willa Rouder

for the show. During the Depression Johnson turned his attention increasingly to the composition of large-scale works. He wrote his Harlem Symphony in 1932 , followed by a piano concerto, Jassamine , in 1934 and Symphony in Brown in 1935 ; De Organizer , a one-act ‘blues opera’ with a libretto by Langston Hughes, received one performance at Carnegie Hall in 1940 . A true assessment of this music is hampered by the loss of many of the scores, but some commentators have questioned the success of Johnson’s orchestral compositions. With the revival of traditional

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Peter Kemp

aus der Geschichte der “Fledermaus” in Wien’, ÖMz , 28 (1974), 217–25 P. Kemp : ‘Der Schelm von Bergen: [Johann] Strauss’s Other Opera’, Tritsch-Tratsch , 28 (1975), 12–21 F. Racek : ‘Zur Entstehung und Aufführungsgeschichte der “Fledermaus”’, ÖMz , 30 (1975), 264–72 N.A. Godel : ‘The Operetta Wiener Blut : an Analysis of its Score’, Tritsch-Tratsch , 30 (1976), 8–20 A.M. Lamb : ‘ Die Fledermaus : from Vaudeville to Opera House’, About the House [Journal of the Friends of Covent Garden], 5/4 (1977), 4–9 P. Kemp : ‘ Aschenbrödel : Johann’s Cinderella