Scott Joplin in June 1903. This picture also appears superstition piano sheet music pdf the cover of “The Cascades” from 1904. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the “King of Ragtime”.
During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first, and most popular pieces, the “Maple Leaf Rag”, became ragtime’s first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag. Joplin was born into a musical family of railway laborers in Northeast Texas, and developed his musical knowledge with the help of local teachers. Joplin grew up in Texarkana, where he formed a vocal quartet, and taught mandolin and guitar.