a rhythm with a regular accompaniment in two-four time and a melody characterized by syncopation, first recognized in many negro melodies; also a style of American music in this rhythm.
A type of popular American music, usually for piano, that arose around 1900 and contributed to the emergence of jazz.
American musical style of great popularity at the turn of the 20th century, characterized by strongly syncopated (ragged) rhythms; the usual form is like that of the American march, involving two strains and a trio. The rags of Scott Joplin (e.g. Maple-Leaf Rag, CD 3 ) are considered the classics of the genre.