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Ellington in the 1950s

Ellington in the 1950s - Billy Strayhorn 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 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
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compositions suffer from a diminished originality and hasty work, often occasioned by incessant touring.”
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Unformatted text preview: Billy Strayhorn Ellington’s “alter ego” Co-wrote much of the music during this period Liked to compose is “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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