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Music 2/20 Concert report #1 due One page Typed Concert of your choice Attach ticket stub/program/flyer Discuss o What you saw, instruments, etc o Some musical elements o Overall impression Swing Popular music of the 1930’s Big bands now 20-30 people performing in a section Meant for dancing o Tango. Charleston, jitterbug new trends o Need bigger band to project sound for dancers Swing characteristics Instruments 4-sections o Sax, trumpet, trombone, rhythm Swing rhythm Tuneful melodies Smooth, predictable harmonies Homophonic texture Form: head-solos-head Arrangements: Charts o More written down now. You can reproduce the tune, known as charts. o Equal importance of written parts/improvisation Duke Ellington- 1899-1974 Most important bandleader/arranger of the era
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Unformatted text preview: • Over 2000 compositions ranging in styles • Influential use of timbre • Distinctive style as a pianist • Hugely popular big band Modern Jazz • Less individual expression in swing • After big band shows, jam sessions come about o Informal, small combos o Lots of impovisation o Cutting contests- trade solos, contest of virtuosity Jam sessions mainstream by 1940’s • Cheaper to hire a combo • New fan base interested in virtuosity Bebop- different from swing and comes out of these new small combos(groups). Characteristic of bop • Fast complex rhythms • Disjunct melody • Complex harmony, extended chords • Small combos – sax, trumpet, bass, drums • Form is head-solos-head • Quote other music...
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