Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Collaborative crossover: Identifying classical vocal collaborative piano practices in jazz vocal accompanying
by Morgenroth, David Jonathan, D.M.A., University of North Texas, 2015, 174; 10034354
Abstract (Summary)

Classical vocal collaborative piano and jazz vocal accompaniment are well-established fields with long-standing performance traditions. Classical collaborative performance practices have been researched and codified, but jazz accompanying practices largely remain in the domain of aural tradition. Both classical and jazz accompaniment share associated practices, such as rubato, transposition, and attention to lyric diction and inflection, but there is little previous investigation into the idea that classical collaborative practices might apply to jazz accompanying. This research examines jazz piano accompanying practices in sung verses of standard tunes to demonstrate how accomplished jazz pianists intuitively use many of the same techniques as classical collaborative pianists to create balance with singers. Through application of expressive microtiming analysis to graphical displays of transcribed recorded performances, a strong correlation is established between the classical and jazz vocal accompanying traditions. Linking classical practices to jazz potentially creates a foundation for jazz accompanying pedagogy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Murphy, John
Commitee:
School: University of North Texas
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music, Performing Arts
Keywords: Jazz, Microtiming, Piano, Rubato
Publication Number: 10034354
ISBN: 9781339536507
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