An Analysis of Joe Lovano's Tenor Saxophone Improvisation on "Misterioso" by Thelonius Monk: An Exercise in Multi-Dimensional Thematicism

An Analysis of Joe Lovano's Tenor Saxophone Improvisation on "Misterioso" by Thelonius Monk: An Exercise in Multi-Dimensional Thematicism

Date: August 2003
Creator: Dahlke, Andrew Richard
Description: The dissertation focuses on Joe Lovano's utilization of thematic material in relation to "Misterioso" by Thelonius Monk. Thematicism is defined more broadly in this study to include reference to the form, phrase structure, and harmony of "Misterioso". Methodological models provided by Gary Potter, Henry Martin, and Paul Hindemith serve as points of departure for this study which focuses on four areas: 1) phrasing, 2) step progression, 3) motives and formulas, and 4) harmonic implications. Thematic relationships are discovered through the analysis of the transcription of Lovano's improvisation; the four levels of the analysis work together and also independent of one another to produce a kind of thematic counterpoint. This study also examines how Lovano creates an effective solo. The study will be of benefit to students, professional musicians, pedagogues, theorists, musicologists, and jazz aficionados.
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Faculty Recital: 2012-02-15 - Fred Hamilton and John Murphy

Faculty Recital: 2012-02-15 - Fred Hamilton and John Murphy

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Date: February 15, 2012
Creator: Hamilton, Fred & Murphy, John
Description: A faculty jazz recital preformed at the UNT College of Music Keaton Hall.
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Faculty Recital: 1999-04-18 David Joyner, piano and Maria Joyner, drums and Lynn Seaton, bass and Chris McGuire, tenor saxophone and clarinet

Faculty Recital: 1999-04-18 David Joyner, piano and Maria Joyner, drums and Lynn Seaton, bass and Chris McGuire, tenor saxophone and clarinet

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Date: April 18, 1999
Creator: Joyner, David; Joyner, Maria; Seaton, Lynn & McGuire, Chris
Description: A jazz faculty recital performed at the UNT College of Music Kenton Hall.
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Faculty Recital: 2012-09-16 - Dan Haerle & Friends

Faculty Recital: 2012-09-16 - Dan Haerle & Friends

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Date: September 16, 2012
Creator: Hearle, Dan
Description: A faculty and guest artist recital performed at Kenton Hall.
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Faculty Recital: 1999-04-15 - The Zebras

Faculty Recital: 1999-04-15 - The Zebras

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Date: April 15, 1999
Creator: The Zebras
Description: A jazz faculty recital performed at the UNT College of Music Kenton Hall.
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Caught Between Jazz and Pop: The Contested Origins, Criticism, Performance Practice, and Reception of Smooth Jazz.

Caught Between Jazz and Pop: The Contested Origins, Criticism, Performance Practice, and Reception of Smooth Jazz.

Date: December 2008
Creator: West, Aaron J.
Description: In Caught Between Jazz and Pop, I challenge the prevalent marginalization and malignment of smooth jazz in the standard jazz narrative. Furthermore, I question the assumption that smooth jazz is an unfortunate and unwelcomed evolutionary outcome of the jazz-fusion era. Instead, I argue that smooth jazz is a long-lived musical style that merits multi-disciplinary analyses of its origins, critical dialogues, performance practice, and reception. Chapter 1 begins with an examination of current misconceptions about the origins of smooth jazz. In many jazz histories, the origins of smooth jazz are defined as a product of the jazz-fusion era. I suggest that smooth jazz is a distinct jazz style that is not a direct outgrowth of any mainstream jazz style, but a hybrid of various popular and jazz styles. Chapters 2 through 4 contain eight case studies examining the performers of crossover jazz and smooth jazz. These performers have conceived and maintained distinct communicative connections between themselves and their audiences. In the following chapter, the unfair treatment of popular jazz styles is examined. Many early and influential jazz critics sought to elevate jazz to the status of art music by discrediting popular jazz styles. These critics used specific criteria and emphasized notions ...
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Music USA playlists, November-December 1971

Music USA playlists, November-December 1971

Date: 1971
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: A partial set of playlists for individual Music USA programs 6150 through 6209, broadcast in November and December of 1971. There are 25 pages in this document.
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Programmatic Geographical Depictions in Large-Scale Jazz Ensemble Works: Major Works by Gil Evans and Chuck Owen and a New Work by Aaron Hedenstrom

Programmatic Geographical Depictions in Large-Scale Jazz Ensemble Works: Major Works by Gil Evans and Chuck Owen and a New Work by Aaron Hedenstrom

Date: May 2016
Creator: Hedenstrom, Aaron Norell
Description: This dissertation explores the creative process in large-scale jazz ensemble works that are programmatic in depicting geographical locations. This is achieved through analyses of Gil Evans's Sketches of Spain, Chuck Owen's River Runs: A Concerto for Jazz Guitar, Saxophone, & Orchestra, and Aaron Hedenstrom's Sketches of Minnesota. Each work is examined using five analytical categories: orchestration, large-scale form, harmonic/melodic development, programmatic framework, and use of featured soloists. The analyses draw from musical scores, interviews, biographies, recordings, and articles to reveal more about each composer's artistic intentions. This study contributes to the broader knowledge of large-ensemble jazz works and programmatic jazz works. This research meets the need for more critical analyses of important jazz ensemble works relevant to composers, arrangers, and scholars.
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The UNT Music Library at 75: Selections from Its Special Collections

The UNT Music Library at 75: Selections from Its Special Collections

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Date: 2016
Creator: McKnight, Mark
Description: The UNT Music Library boasts an interesting and vastly varied assortment of musical treasures in its special collections. This commemorative volume celebrates its 75th anniversary with a brief history of the Music Library and a selection of items from its unique collections.
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Doctoral Recital: 2013-10-16 - Kom Wongsawat, piano

Doctoral Recital: 2013-10-16 - Kom Wongsawat, piano

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Date: October 16, 2013
Creator: Wongsawat, Kom
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music Kenton Hall in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree.
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[Art gallery/One O’clock Lab Band]

[Art gallery/One O’clock Lab Band]

Date: January 22, 1994
Creator: Center for Media Production
Description: Video footage of B-roll footage of an art gallery, students on campus at the University of North Texas, and the One O'Clock Lab Band rehearsing.
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[The Arts at UNT “That Wonderful State” ]

[The Arts at UNT “That Wonderful State” ]

Date: January 11, 1995
Creator: Center for Media Production
Description: Video footage of a promotional video highlighting the history and importance of the arts at the University of North Texas.
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[Murchison Performing Center-opening gala]

[Murchison Performing Center-opening gala]

Date: February 20, 1999
Creator: Center for Media Production
Description: Video footage of the One O'Clock Lab band, wind symphony with grand chorus, and symphony orchestra with grand chorus performing at the Murchison Performing Arts Center opening gala. The video ends with a fireworks display.
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Ensemble: 1994-10-17 - UNT Jazz Repertory Ensemble

Ensemble: 1994-10-17 - UNT Jazz Repertory Ensemble

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Date: October 17, 1994
Creator: UNT Jazz Repertory Ensemble
Description: Jazz concert performed at the UNT College of Music Kenton Hall.
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It's Not Fusion: Hybridity in the Music of Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa

It's Not Fusion: Hybridity in the Music of Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa

Date: December 2012
Creator: Govind, Arathi
Description: This thesis concerns the performance of identity in the music of Indian American jazz musicians Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer. In combining the use of Indian classical music elements with jazz, Iyer and Mahanthappa create music that is inextricably tied to their multifaceted identities. Traditional musicological analysis is juxtaposed with a theoretical framework that draws on postcolonial theory and the history of Asian immigrant populations to the U.S. I chronicle the interactions between Indian and Western music and link it to larger issues of Asian American identity formation and activism through music. Through interviews and transcriptions of studio recordings, I identify specific compositional and improvisational strategies of the musicians. I emphasize the role of individual agency in the formation of second-generation identities, drawing attention to the distinct ways that Iyer and Mahanthappa approach their music. Finally, I connect this research to a larger discourse on Indian American artistic identity.
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Foreignizing Mahler: Uri Caine’s Mahler Project As Intertraditional Musical Translation

Foreignizing Mahler: Uri Caine’s Mahler Project As Intertraditional Musical Translation

Date: August 2015
Creator: Ritchie, J. Cole
Description: The customary way to create jazz arrangements of the Western classical canon—informally called swingin’-the-classics—adapts the original composition to jazz conventions. Uri Caine (b.1956) has devised an alternative approach, most notably in his work with compositions by Gustav Mahler. He refracts Mahler’s compositions through an eclectic array of musical performance styles while also eschewing the use of traditional jazz structures in favor of stricter adherence to formal ideas in the original score than is usual in a jazz arrangement. These elements and the manner in which Caine incorporates them in his Mahler arrangements closely parallel the practices of a translator who chooses to create a “foreignizing” literary translation. The 19th-century philosopher and translation theorist Friedrich Schleiermacher explained that in a foreignizing translation “the translator leaves the writer alone as much as possible and moves the reader toward the writer.” Foreignizing translations accentuate the otherness of the original work, approximating the foreign text’s form and syntax in the receiving language and using an uncommon, heterogeneous vocabulary. The resulting translations, which challenge readers with their frequent defiance of the conventions of the receiving linguistic culture, create literal, exaggerated readings that better convey authors’ characteristic use of their own languages for a new audience. ...
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Doctoral Recital: 2012-10-24 - Sergio Pamies, piano

Doctoral Recital: 2012-10-24 - Sergio Pamies, piano

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Date: October 24, 2012
Creator: Pamies, Sergio
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music Kenton Hall in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree.
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