I did a study on this issue involving both tempi and pedaling a few
years ago, including analysis, existing sources, queries to other
artists, and some consensus of opinion. Even though it is a collective
point of view, it is not the ONLY point of view, so remember to seek
out others before forming your own.
In any case, I hope it helps to some extent. Examples are included as
well as some variances on acceptability and playability both from
contemporary and earlier points of view, and is context sensitive to
the type of ragtime being played for the most part.
This article is preceded by one that defines ragtime and sub/post-
genres, and a second on aspects of performance. In sequence they form
a fairly broad look at performance. As with the others, these are
collective opinions assembled by myself, but others do exist on these
topics. You can find other sites in my links to see what they say.
What is Ragtime: http://www.perfessorbill.com/ragtime1.shtml
Playing Ragtime: http://www.perfessorbill.com/ragtime2.shtml
Tempos and Pedaling: http://www.perfessorbill.com/ragtime6.shtml
Ragtime Composition: http://www.perfessorbill.com/ragtime12.shtml
Ragtime for 4 hands: http://www.perfessorbill.com/ragtime2a.shtml
As always, I'm available for additional questions through the site,
and to direct you to other resources as well.
Finest RAGards, Bill E.