The Entertainer


"The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin is originally in the key of C major. Composed in 1902, it is one of Joplin's most famous ragtime pieces. Joplin, an African-American composer and pianist, is often referred to as the "King of Ragtime." "The Entertainer" gained renewed popularity in the 1970s when it was used as the theme music for the film "The Sting," starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The piece features a lively and syncopated melody, typical of ragtime music, with its jaunty rhythms and playful motifs. Joplin's composition showcases his mastery of ragtime piano and has become an iconic representation of American music from the early 20th century.