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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Jazz influence in two concertos of Aaron Copland
by David, Reed, M.A., University of Kentucky, 2004, 74; 1525940
Abstract (Summary)

Aaron Copland (1900-1990) wrote two concertos that display significant jazz influences, the Piano Concerto (1926) and the Clarinet Concerto (1948). Despite the fact that both were influenced by jazz, these two concertos came into the world in very different circumstances. In 1926, Copland's understanding of jazz was rather limited, not extending much beyond the commercial music of Tin Pan Alley. This point of view was expressed in his writings and reflected in his compositions. By 1948, he was writing much more discerningly about jazz, showing an awareness of many of the latest trends in the style. Paradoxically, though, his jazz-influenced compositions from after 1926, including both the Clarinet Concerto and his works from between the concertos, do not reflect the growth of his understanding. This thesis presents a study of this paradox through an examination of both his writings and his compositions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pen, Ronald
School: University of Kentucky
School Location: United States -- Kentucky
Source: MAI 53/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Publication Number: 1525940
ISBN: 978-1-321-29314-2
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