The Ellington Century

By David Schiff

Breaking down partitions among genres which are frequently mentioned separately—classical, jazz, and popular—this hugely enticing ebook bargains a compelling new built-in view of twentieth-century song. putting Duke Ellington (1899–1974) on the middle of the tale, David Schiff explores song written in the course of the composer’s lifetime when it comes to large principles similar to rhythm, melody, and concord. He indicates how composers and performers throughout genres shared the typical pursuit of representing the swiftly altering stipulations of recent lifestyles. The Ellington Century demonstrates how Duke Ellington’s song is as very important to musical modernism as whatever through Stravinsky, extra influential than whatever via Schoenberg, and has had an enduring influence on jazz and dad that reaches from Gershwin to modern R&B.

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A Cuban son trend places 3 unequal beats of the clave opposed to equivalent foot beats. In Bulgarian rhythm the three + three + 2 trend is heard as 3 steps; in “I bought Rhythm” it has (or four). even though Bartók used to be one of many few ecu composers to seem untouched by way of jazz within the Twenties, he however learned that Bulgarian meters bore an uncanny relation to jazz, and he took good thing about the relationship in 1938 while he composed Contrasts for Joseph Szigeti and Benny Goodman. The King of Swing used to be additionally a major classical clarinetist; his jazz type, furthermore had jap ecu klezmer overtones (most evidently in Ziggy Elman's “And the Angels Sing” in keeping with the klezmer track “Der Shtiler Bulgar”).

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