By the early 1900s, ragtime flooded the music publishing industry. The popularity and demand for ragtime also boosted sales of pianos and greatly swelled the ranks of the recording industry.
No need to go to the music store for your sheet music. Thanks to page-by-page technology, you can now flip through scores, including Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” from the comfort of your own home. You can also search for specific composers and musical works, as well as read an essay on one of the works of Scott Joplin, the composer most often associated with the genre.