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Making the SceneContemporary New York City Big Band Jazz$
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Alex Stewart

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249530

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249530.001.0001

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New Directions in Jazz Composition: Three Portraits

New Directions in Jazz Composition: Three Portraits

(p.132) Chapter 6 New Directions in Jazz Composition: Three Portraits
Making the Scene

Alex Stewart

University of California Press

This chapter examines recent developments in arranging and composition, with an emphasis on innovative techniques and formal structures. The relationship of the composers to their works differs fundamentally in the three pieces analyzed here. Maria Schneider writes intensely personal music requiring that her players understand the motivation for her work. Carla Bley, though she writes with a core group of players in mind, composes self-contained works meant to require little or no explanation. The third composition, by Jim McNeely, was commissioned by the VJO and is a jazz concerto, a vehicle for a specific performer.

Keywords:   musical arrangement, musical composition, formal structures, Maria Schneider, Carla Bley, Jim McNeely

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