Don Gillis's Symphony No 5½: Music for the People

Don Gillis's Symphony No 5½: Music for the People

Date: May 2013
Creator: Morrison, Sean
Description: Don Gillis wrote Symphony No. 5½ (1947) in order to reconcile the American public with modern art music. By synthesizing jazz (as well as other American folk idioms), singable melodies, and humor, and then couching them into symphonic language, Gillis produced a work that lay listeners could process and enjoy. The piece was an immediate success and was played by orchestras across the globe, but it did not retain this popularity and it eventually faded from relevancy. This study focuses on elements that contributed to the initial efficacy and ultimate decline of the work. Due to its pervasive popular influences, Symphony No. 5½ is a crystallized representation of time in which it was written, and it soon became dated. Don Gillis did not harbor the idea that Symphony No. 5½ would grant him great wealth or musical immortality; he had a more pragmatic goal in mind. He used every musical element at his disposal to write a symphonic work that would communicate directly with the American people via a musical language they would understand. He was successful in this regard, but the dialogue ended soon after mid-century.
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A Performance Guide to Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Trumpet Concerto, "Nobody Knows De Trouble I See"

A Performance Guide to Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Trumpet Concerto, "Nobody Knows De Trouble I See"

Date: May 2013
Creator: Haley, Matthew
Description: Bernd Zimmermann's Trumpet Concerto, "Nobody Knows de Trouble I See" is an important twentieth-century work for trumpet. Despite the stature of the composition, it has rarely been performed due to its considerable musical and technical demands. Integrating these diverse demands into a coherent performance requires careful consideration of the various performance practice consequences. The study begins by exploring the historical and musical context in which the work was written. It then considers the individual musical elements of the concerto. Finally, the study examines the performance practice implications of the work. The performance guide serves as a framework for making intelligent musical and technical decisions through context, analysis, and practical considerations.
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The Use of Jazz in Opera

The Use of Jazz in Opera

Date: December 1995
Creator: Ottervik, Jennifer
Description: Methods of incorporating jazz in opera range from using simple blue notes and fox-trot rhythms, to utilizing jazz instruments, to employing elaborate passages of improvisation. Current definitions of "jazz opera" do not consider variations in the genre, which, because of their evolving nature and the varied background of their composers, are diverse. This study attempts to collectively discuss these third-stream works. Jazz rhythms and harmonies first appeared in the 1920s in the works of Gershwin, Harling, Krenek, and Freeman. In 1966, Gunther Schuller was the first composer to use improvisation in an opera, which has become the primary distinguishing factor. There has since been a tremendous interest in this genre by such jazz musicians as Dave Burrell, Anthony Davis, Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Anthony Braxton, George Gruntz, and Jon Faddis.
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Twelve Jazz Standards and Improvisations Transcribed and Adapted for Horn

Twelve Jazz Standards and Improvisations Transcribed and Adapted for Horn

Date: May 2011
Creator: Salisbury, Linda J.
Description: The purpose of this manuscript is to provide a representative collection of jazz standards with improvised solos fashioned after the types of resources available for traditional jazz instruments, yet transcribed and adapted specifically for horn, hence, expressly designed to assist horn players in achieving greater success in jazz performance. By providing transcriptions and adaptations of significant performances from jazz history, horn players will have a resource with which they can better understand jazz performance practice. Featured artists include Miles Davis, Curtis Fuller, Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Turk, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, J. J. Johnson, Stan Getz, and Milt Jackson. Song titles and albums are as follows: "Autumn Leaves," Somethin' Else (1958), "Blue Train," Blue Train (1957), "How High the Moon," Ella in Berlin (1960), "Lester Leaps In," Jazz at the Philharmonic (1949), "Lover Man," The Magnificent Charlie Parker (1951), "Moritat," Saxophone Colossus (1956), "Naima," Giant Steps (1959), "On Green Dolphin Street," Kind of Blue (1959), "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960), "Satin Doll," The Trombone Master (1957), "Stella by Starlight," Stan Getz Plays (1952), "Straight, No Chaser," Genius of Modern Music 2 (1951).
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Student Recital: 2012-03-25 - Chad Willis Jazz Orchestra

Student Recital: 2012-03-25 - Chad Willis Jazz Orchestra

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Date: March 25, 2012
Creator: Chad Willis Jazz Orchestra
Description: A student recital performed at the UNT College of Music Voertman Hall.
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Master's Recital: 2012-04-06 - Tyler Hoying, piano

Master's Recital: 2012-04-06 - Tyler Hoying, piano

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Date: April 6, 2012
Creator: Hoying, Tyler
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music Kenton Hall in partial fulfillment of the Master of Music (MM) degree.
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Jazz Recital: 2012-02-29 - Jazz Repertory Ensemble

Jazz Recital: 2012-02-29 - Jazz Repertory Ensemble

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Date: February 29, 2012
Creator: Jazz Repertory Ensemble
Description: A jazz ensemble concert performed at UNT College of Music Kenton Hall.
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Master's Recital: 2012-03-29 - Jordan Tucker, alto saxophone

Master's Recital: 2012-03-29 - Jordan Tucker, alto saxophone

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Date: March 29, 2012
Creator: Tucker, Jordan
Description: A master's recital performed at the UNT College of Music Kenton Hall.
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Jazz Recital: 2012-03-30 - Jazz Singers II

Jazz Recital: 2012-03-30 - Jazz Singers II

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Date: March 30, 2012
Creator: Jazz Singers II
Description: A jazz concert performed at the UNT College of Music Kenton Hall.
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Master's Recital: 2012-04-10 - Ok-Hyun Kwak, jazz composition

Master's Recital: 2012-04-10 - Ok-Hyun Kwak, jazz composition

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Date: April 10, 2012
Creator: Kwak, Ok-Hyun
Description: Recital presented at the UNT College of Music Kenton Hall in partial fulfillment of the Master of Music (MM) degree.
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