Can anyone can point me, a lay person, to good examples of syncopation in classical music? I'm also wondering if syncopation shows up at all in Baroque music.

Thank you.

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    @phoog I think the issue is that it's a "list question," and with our limited supply of canned close-vote reasons, this is the closest fit. I prefer to choose "other" and explicitly mention lists when encountering them. To Rivah: Welcome! You can see more about the topics that are covered here. If you'd like to know more about syncopation, besides just names of pieces that show it, I encourage you to edit this question or start a new one. Dec 27, 2022 at 17:57

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Try this - Mozart Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, 1st movement. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=mozart+piano+concerto+number+20+in+d+minor&view=detail&mid=4764F5B7886535F1A57E4764F5B7886535F1A57E&FORM=VIRE

And yes, it's to be found in Baroque Music too, and even earlier. Look up Bach's Partita No.2 in C Minor BWV 826 - Andante.


Scott Joplin's later works are a perfect showcase of syncopation in classical music. Some of the pieces I would mainly look to are:

The Silver Swan


Paragon Rag


Heliotrope Bouquet




Weeping Willow


Of course Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer are also very fine examples of syncopation, their melodies are very well known, and some of his other works I feel are just as good examples if not better.

  • Note: I believe many people would consider Joplin's compositions to be jazz or ragtime jazz and not classical. But genre is often a matter of opinion. Dec 27, 2022 at 14:44

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