MUS 2000 Ellington in the 1950s

MUS 2000 Ellington in the 1950s - • Ellington’s...

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Ellington in the 1950s Continuation of excellence Expansion of forms, and compositions. Many believe his best works are from the 1930s and 40s. More sacred concerts. Suites – Such Sweet Thunder, Suite Thursday, Nutcracker Suite, Black Brown and Beige Suite
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His preoccupation with form was much more advanced than his contemporaries. Composed a film score – Anatomy of a Murder ( 1959) “Many of the late-period extended compositions suffer from a diminished originality and hasty work, often occasioned by incessant touring.”
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Billy Strayhorn
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Unformatted text preview: • Ellington’s “alter ego” • Co-wrote much of the music during this period • Liked to compose in “dark” keys • Wrote Take the A Train, Lush Life (age 18), and collaborated on the suites • Flourished in Ellington’s shadow • It was difficult to discern where one's style ended and the other's began. Ellington/Strayhorn Listening • Danse of the Floreadors • Sugar Rum Cherry • Such Sweet Thunder (1957) • Sonnet in Search of A Moor • Up and Down • Star Crossed Lovers • Come Sunday – (from Black Brown and Beige)...
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