Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

Jean Murray: Music

Klondike Rag

(Paul Krejci)
George Botsworth
George Botsworth, the composer of this rag was obviously influenced by the style of Scott Joplin. Ragtime has become a favorite mood-setter today for anything gold rush even though show pianists of 1898 were more apt to be playing a fancy "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers," or "Buffalo Gals," since Joplin didn't publish his first rag until 1899. While he is not as well known as Joplin, Botsworth wrote several ragtime solos. This is the only one known to be related to the gold rush.