March_20_-_23 - Music 005 Notes Swing (Big Band) Popularity...

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Swing (Big Band) Popularity = Larger audiences = Larger ensembles 12 or more musicians Three sections: reeds, brass, and rhythm Improvisatory (not improvised) parts, written out beforehand to replace actual improvisation o This is the role of the arranger (bad position) Porter “Ridin High” (3/11) o A song by Cole Porter, arranged for the Benny Goodman Orchestra o Big band usually played Jazz Standards o AABA form: standard song form o Apparent spontaneity in the ensemble writing o Authentic improvisation in the solo parts (clarinet and trumpet) o Toward the end, the group parts seem even more improvisatory Adams, “short Ride in a Fast Machine” (3/12) o Lots of rhythmic activity o With Cross Rhythms : different rhythms heard simultaneously o Diatonic clusters: tone clusters, but not chromatic ( and therefore more pleasant in sound) o Splashes of color, especially with brass and woodwinds o Color is often more important than pitch John Cage (1912-92)
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2008 for the course MUSIC 005 taught by Professor Charlesyoumans during the Spring '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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March_20_-_23 - Music 005 Notes Swing (Big Band) Popularity...

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