Chapter Seven Wounded Love: Away from the Ellington Organization

Walter van de Leur

in Something to Live For

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195124484
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868711 | DOI:
Chapter Seven Wounded Love: Away from the Ellington Organization

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This chapter explores the musical activities of Strayhorn outside the realm of the Ellington Orchestra. Strayhorn composed and arranged extensively for others, and participated in a number of theater projects that never fully materialized. As president of the Copasetics, a group of tap-dance pros, he yearly wrote a full show. Musically these works do not constitute a structural break with his writing for the Ellington orchestra, but they allowed him to free himself from the orchestra’s restrictions. The next section discusses these independent works, including the various Copasetics Shows, music for Federico García Lorca’s surrealist The Love of Don Perlimplín for Belisa in Their Garden, Rose-colored Glasses, and Saturday Laughter. Strayhorn’s theater-works bring up his lyric writing as well.

Keywords: Strayhorn; Copasetics; Don Perlimplín; García Lorca; music theater; lyric writing

Chapter.  4963 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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