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  • January 17, 2020

    Joshua Rifkin's 1970 Nonesuch recording of Scott Joplin piano rags—which ignited a national passion for ragtime jazz and, wrote New York magazine, "created, almost alone, the Scott Joplin revival" of the early '70s—has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Recordings in the Hall of Fame are at least twenty-five years old and exhibit qualitative or historical significance, determined by a committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by the Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.

  • January 13, 2011

    Four decades ago, Nonesuch Records released Joshua Rifkin's recordings of Scott Joplin's Piano Rags that went on to ignite a national passion for ragtime jazz and "created, almost alone, the Scott Joplin revival," as New York magazine wrote. On January 30, Rifkin will make his debut at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge performing the music of Joplin and J.S. Bach in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the album.

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  • Joshua Rifkin, the renowned musicologist, conductor, and keyboardist, is an esteemed scholar of Baroque music and, in particular, J.S. Bach. He studied music at The Juilliard School, NYU, the University of Gottingen, and Princeton University, and put his Baroque expertise to use in one of Nonesuch’s earliest releases: The Baroque Beatles Book. Rifkin recorded the album while a 21-year-old staffer at the nascent label, in 1965, straight out of Juilliard; Nonesuch reissued the now classic album on CD in 2009.

    Rifkin’s other releases for Nonesuch include a recording of Bach’s Mass in B Minor and, perhaps most famously, a landmark collection of Scott Joplin’s piano rags that heeded closely to the composer's own vision for the pieces and which almost single-handedly helped fuel the 1970s ragtime revival.

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Joshua Rifkin, the renowned musicologist, conductor, and keyboardist, is an esteemed scholar of Baroque music and, in particular, J.S. Bach. He put his Baroque expertise to use in one of Nonesuch’s earliest releases, The Baroque Beatles Book, and a recording of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. His landmark collection of Scott Joplin’s piano rags almost single-handedly helped fuel the 1970s ragtime revival.

Biography: 

Joshua Rifkin, the renowned musicologist, conductor, and keyboardist, is an esteemed scholar of Baroque music and, in particular, J.S. Bach. He studied music at The Juilliard School, NYU, the University of Gottingen, and Princeton University, and put his Baroque expertise to use in one of Nonesuch’s earliest releases: The Baroque Beatles Book. Rifkin recorded the album while a 21-year-old staffer at the nascent label, in 1965, straight out of Juilliard; Nonesuch reissued the now classic album on CD in 2009.

Rifkin’s other releases for Nonesuch include a recording of Bach’s Mass in B Minor and, perhaps most famously, a landmark collection of Scott Joplin’s piano rags that heeded closely to the composer's own vision for the pieces and which almost single-handedly helped fuel the 1970s ragtime revival.

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