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Bustan Abraham's Approaches to Composition and Improvisation

Benjamin Brinner

in Playing across a Divide

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195395945
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852666 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395945.003.0010
Bustan Abraham's Approaches to Composition and Improvisation

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An analysis of Bustan's work is offered in this chapter which is based on their recordings, but informed by observation of performances and conversations with band members. The author begins with general remarks on approaches to composition and arrangement, then focuses on how the compositions and arrangements enabled improvisation. This leads to analysis of featured improvisations in relationship to their ensemble contexts. Bustan Abraham's compositions were notable for their number, extent, variety, and quality. The general outline of a piece with its specific progressions constituted the composition while some of the details of who played what were matters of arrangement that might enhance the piece but not alter its basic identity.

Keywords: Bustan; recording; performances; composition; quality

Chapter.  8797 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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