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Black Musician History Month: Louis Chauvin

Louis Chauvin was a ragtime composer who lived in New Orleans who had a reputation as being the Scott Joplin of the south. Joplin was so intrigued by the nickname that he went to New Orleans. He found Chauvin dying from syphilis. Chauvin was strong enough to play the first two strains of a piece he was working on. Joplin liked it so much he wrote two additional strains for it, and together the composition became the "Heliotrope Bouquet." It's the only extant piece of Chauvin, who died shortly after Joplin visited him, and it's lovely. If you have a discerning ragtime ear, you might detect that the first half of the song and the second half are clearly by two different composers. 5 minutes long, but worth it

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