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New Directions in Jazz Composition: Three Portraits

Alex Stewart

in Making the Scene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249530
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940161 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249530.003.0007
New Directions in Jazz Composition: Three Portraits

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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

Chapter.  13568 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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