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Re: The Ragtime Parlor
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2018, 05:22:41 PM »
My statement above is definitely exaggerated. I assume that by "Minstrelsy" you refer to (blackface) minstrel songs, which isn't exactly a new form of music as it is a tradition. There was also some blurring of lines around the turn of the century (i.e. compositions with the principal characteristic of ragtime -- syncopation -- could interchangeably be called minstrel songs because of their use in such shows).

It was a new form of music and the earliest written examples of the fusion of African and British folk traditions.  Several early banjo methods came out in the 1850s that collected and notated music that was being played both in Minstrel shows and by slaves and freedmen.  Its the foundation of ragtime and most all american popular music that followed