While jazz music encompasses a variety of influences and instruments, the clarinet and its players hold a prominent place in the evolution of jazz in America. Clarinetists such as Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and many others developed the jazz style through creative composition and clarinet performance.
Upon its entrance to the jazz scene, the clarinet was a truly unique commodity. The extensive musical range and characteristic timbre of the clarinet fit nicely with the established jazz horn sections, offering a new and different sound.
The prominence of jazz clarinet in the United States led American composers to include this timbre in new American classical music. Prominent works include George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig, and Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet. The inclusion of jazz techniques in American music led to the development of a distinct form of American classical music that is regarded as American Art Music.
|Commitee:||Briggs, Ray, Grego, Michael|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American studies, Music|
|Keywords:||American art music, Clarinet, Jazz clarinet|
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