Pop's Concert Program Notes2007MAC - The year was 1922 a...

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The year was 1922, a critical point in history that changed modern ensemble music. It was that year that George Gershwin was inspired to write his now famous jazz orchestral piece Rhapsody in Blue . Inspired by Paul Whiteman, who wanted to shake up the sound in concert halls, Gershwin’s work was recognized as an “Experiment in Modern Music”, and he brought jazz into the concert hall. Now it’s 2004, and Hazo has been asked to write a “barnburner”. Something he hadn’t done since a composition called Ride, but he was more than up for the task. While listening to Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, he realized that there were no IN YOUR FACE, Big Phat Band style pieces for wind ensemble. His new piece Sevens would be just that. There was just one problem, Hazo has never written a jazz composition. Samuel R. Hazo, the composer of Sevens, was born in 1966. Mr. Hazo is a graduate of Duquesne University, where he received his bachelors and master’s degrees.
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