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.