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Elite Syncopations

Scott Joplin, 1902

performed by W. Brett Youens
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         In none of Joplin's previous rags does the bass play such an independent role as it does in Elite Syncopations.  For much of the A strain and almost all of the D strain, Joplin forgoes the standard oom-pah, oom-pah bass, which one often thinks of in connection with ragtime, for a more melodic one.
          Later rags with especially active bass lines are
Pineapple Rag (1908), and Euphonic Sounds (1909).