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Duke Ellington, Jazz Composer - Ken Rattenbury

Duke Ellington, Jazz Composer

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Published: 27th January 1993
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American composer, pianist, and orchestra leader Duke Ellington was the first genuine jazz composer of truly international status. In this book Ken Rattenbury offers the most thorough musical analysis ever written of Ellington's works, assessing the extent to which Ellington drew on the black music traditions of blues and ragtime and the music of Tin Pan Alley, and examining how he integrated black folk music practices with elements of European art music. Rattenbury, a professional jazz musician for over fifty years, investigates Ellington's methods of composing, focusing on works written, performed, and recorded between 1939 and 1941, years that witnessed the full flowering of Ellington's genius. He discusses the infinite care with which Ellington selected his musicians-players possessing, in addition to technical accomplishment, the unique folksy qualities of timbre and delivery necessary to contribute to the "Ellington sound." He remarks on Ellington's gifts as a melodist and songwriter, shedding light on the commercial aspect of his involvement with Tin Pan Alley. After examining two early Ellington compositions for piano, he closely analyzes full scores of five significant pieces transcribed from their original recordings and including all extemporized solos and variations in performance. These transcriptions range from a duo for piano and double bass, through pieces for small groups, to compositions for Ellington's full orchestra. Drawing at length from the observations of Ellington himself and of the members of Ellington's orchestra, as well as from his own, extensive musical knowledge, Rattenbury provides new perspectives on Ellington's life and music, the interpretations of some of his most creative soloists, and the evolution of the jazz tradition

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
An Introduction to Ellingtoniap. 1
Ellington's Approach to Composition
The "Ellington Effect"p. 13
The Influence of the Bluesp. 33
The Influence of Ragtimep. 54
The Influence of Tin Pan Alleyp. 86
The Music of the Mature Period, 1939 to 1941
Ko Kop. 104
Mr. J. B. Bluesp. 143
Concerto for Cootiep. 164
Junior Hopp. 202
Subtle Sloughp. 242
Some Conclusions and Comparisonsp. 273
A Chronology of Duke Ellingtonp. 280
Ellington's Principal Sidemenp. 287
A Selective Discographyp. 296
Ellington's Copyrighted Worksp. 306
Evidence of the Blues in Classic Piano Ragtimep. 308
Notesp. 310
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9780300055078
ISBN-10: 0300055072
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 27th January 1993
Publisher: Yale University Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.53