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Sheet Music, The Twentieth Century Rag

Sheet Music, The Twentieth Century Rag

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Sixteenth century Protestant European scholars introduced the practice of describing past times in hundred-year intervals known as centuries and used it to group events together chronologically. By the twentieth century, this practice had been adopted in popular song. "The 20th Century Rag" had words by Grant Clarke and Edgar Leslie, with music by Maurice Abrahams.
Arno Borst, The Ordering of Time: from the Ancient Computus to the Modern Computer, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993, p. 103.
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Object Name
Sheet Music
Object Type
Sheet Music
date made
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall:.1 cm x 27 cm x 35 cm; 1/32 in x 10 5/8 in x 13 25/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
Credit Line
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Music
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National Museum of American History
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