|by Scott Joplin|
1907 frontal cover of the sheet music.
|Form||A Syncopated March and Two Step|
|Publisher||Joseph W.Stern & Co|
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In 1907, the "Searchlight Rag" by Scott Joplin was published. In the early 1890s, Joplin's friends, the brothers Tom and Charles Turpin, had done prospecting in the Searchlight, Nevada area. The brothers' frequent stories of this experience, recounted to the patrons of their bar, inspired the title of the rag.
- Intro A A B B A C C D D
The copyright was registered August 12, 1907 to Joseph W. Stern and Company of New York.
Like most Joplin compositions, "Searchlight Rag" was still under copyright during the ragtime revival of the 1970s, and the holder of copyrights for this piece, "Fig Leaf Rag" and "Rose Leaf Rag" withheld permission for their inclusion in the definitive New York Public Library edition of Joplin's works and other collections.
In popular culture
- Edwards, Bill. "Rags and Pieces by Scott Joplin (1906-1917)". RAGPIANO. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- Jasen, David A.; Trebor Jay Tichenor (1978). Rags and Ragtime: A Musical History. New York, NY: Dover Publications, Inc. p. 93. ISBN 0-486-25922-6.
- Scott Joplin: Collected Piano Works, Vera Brodsky Lawrence, ed., The New York Public Library, 1971, p. xi
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