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Brun Campbell plays Ragtime

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Published on Apr 22, 2012

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1. Essay in Ragtime
2. Reminiscing (1:41)

Brun Campbell (1884-1952) was a ragtime performer and a pupil of Scott Joplin. Born in Kansas he performed throughout the mid-west and western U.S. He played primarily in saloons and brothels around the turn of the century before becoming a barber around 1913. Brun's style of ragtime is the kind I imagine played in a typical western saloons and brothels during the late 1800's. Its rugged, primitive and tremendously exiting. It's also about as different from European classical piano playing as possible.

Although he studied with Scott Joplin, Brun's style was much more primitive than the polished semi-classical rags Joplin wrote. He did draw on the same folk material as Joplin however. (A strain of Joplin's original rags appears in Reminiscing)

Image: Toll Gate Saloon, Blackhawk Colorado 1897.

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