Accordionists and Ragtimers: The Devilís Children
By Dr. Mark Birnbaum

Accordionists and ragtimers arenít always mentioned in the same sentence. Perhaps they should be. Like ragtime pianists, accordionists are classically trained for a pop music world. The accordion is rare in the concert hall. It never got the respect that other instruments have. Still, it is a classical instrument Ė sort of.

Itís the sound Ė the reedy carnivalesque, visceral sound that makes it feel ďunclassicalĒ. For ragtime piano- itís similar. No matter how well written it is-no matter how hard Scott Joplin fought to win a place for ragtime in the classical world, ragtime still functions like popular music.

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