Analyzing Jazz: A Schenkerian Approach

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Pendragon, 2009 - Music - 204 pages
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Analyzing Jazz: A Schenkerian Approach demonstrates that the theories of Heinrich Schenker can illuminate not only the technical aspects of jazz (such as melody, rhythm, and harmony), but also its artistic content. In considering objections that have been raised to the application of Schenker's approach to improvised jazz, the book touches upon the content and origin of Schenker's theories, the role of analysis and the intentional fallacy, the origin and function of dissonance in common-practice harmony and in jazz, the nature of improvisation vs. composition, and the role of simplicity and complexity in popular and art music. And, although it qualifies the applicability of Schenker's theories to jazz, it also shows that Schenker's theories offer basic theoretical principles and practical examples for explaining dissonance treatment in jazz and models useful in creating, explaining, and experiencing jazz. The book offers detailed analyses of Larson's transcriptions into musical notation of five complete recorded performances of Thelonious Monk's classic jazz composition" 'Round Midnight": two recorded by the composer, one by Oscar Peterson, and two by Bill Evans--and is thus the first work to publish complete transcriptions of the same piece as played by different jazz performers.

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Contents

Schenkers conception of hidden repetition
40
Comparisons
46
Questions about Method 4 1
53
Round Midnight 33 Fills and cadenzas
63
Ensemble Performances by Bill Evans
72
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75
Conclusions
106
Evans live recording
143
Bibliography
203
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