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  The Strenuous Life - 1902 - 3:50
Composed By Scott Joplin
Sequenced By Colin D. MacDonald
Edited By Greenfield Bowie
File Name: strelife Zip/Unzip Size: 5/18 Added 21Dec97 Last Updated N/A
Structure: Introduction AA BB A Transition CC DD 
Primary Reference: Classic Piano Rags selected and with an introduction by Rudi Blesh published by Dover Publications Inc., 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, N. Y. 11501
Other: All American Ragtime Volume One published by Creative Concepts Publishing Corp., 154 E. El Roblar Dr., Box 848, Ojai, CA 93023
Scott Joplin Collected Piano Works edited by Vera Brodsky Lawrence published by New York Public Library and distributed by Warner Bros. Publications Inc., 15800 N. W. 48th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33014
Scott Joplin King Of Ragtime published by Lewis Music Publishing Co., Inc., 236 Veterans Blvd., Carlstadt, N. J. 07072
Comments: This was possibly named after Teddy Roosevelt's statement about enjoying "the strenuous life". There are some schools of thought that this was to be part of Joplin's opera "A Guest Of Honor" which was lost. Reportedly, "A Guest Of Honor" signified Booker T. Washington's visit to the White House.
Changes Made To Source Reference:
  • [3 - 1- 1 / #69] LH: First chord changed to C natural octave to agree with [1 - 2 - 1 / #5]
  • [3 - 5 - 2 / #90 and #106] RH: Last note changed from G# to G natural.
  • [3 - 5 - 3 / #91 and #107] RH: 7th note changed from G# to G natural.