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Published on Nov 6, 2009
The final performance of the "3 Pianos on Fire" set was perhaps the most famous of all rags, Scott Joplin's second published rag, and the first he had published by John Stark & Son. The publication of this in 1899 also was landmark in that the contract granted Joplin royalties on the sales, when the standard at the time was for composers to sell their tunes outright for a one-time fee.
The rag is traditionally used as a show-off piece, and that's certainly how it's done here, with the pianos definitely "on fire" by the end.
Left to right are Tom Brier, Patrick Aranda, and Frederick Hodges.