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Scott Joplin: Treemonisha
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Scott Joplin: Treemonisha
Genre: Classical
 
Scott Joplin's (1867 1917) opera Treemonisha is an astounding work of art, and one that resonates on many levels. It is the only opera in existence about the Reconstruction Era African-American experience written by a blac...  more »

      
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All Artists: Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Title: Scott Joplin: Treemonisha
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: New World Records
Release Date: 12/5/2011
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 093228072027

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Scott Joplin's (1867 1917) opera Treemonisha is an astounding work of art, and one that resonates on many levels. It is the only opera in existence about the Reconstruction Era African-American experience written by a black man who actually lived through it. This fact alone makes it a work of tremendous significance. Further, Joplin's score is profoundly expressive and as stylistically unique as anything ever created in America. Through it, the composer vividly documents the echoes of the "field hollers," spirituals, fiddle tunes, revival hymns, and ancient African dances of his rural childhood, along with the spoken dialects of his people in their rising up from slavery. Treemonisha is Scott Joplin's statement of deep racial pride and an act of true artistic heroism his creation of beauty in the face of almost unbearable ignorance, racism, poverty, and physical and emotional pain. His original 1911 materials for the opera were almost entirely destroyed in the early 1960s. But here now is an authentic, historically correct reconstruction of this "Sleeping Beauty of American Music," performed on this world-premiere recording. Listen now as Scott Joplin - The King of Ragtime Writers - sings the song he wanted America to hear