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The Ellington Century
Author: David Schiff

ISBN: 9780520245877
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 6 February 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8 x 2.6
Description:
Breaking down walls between genres that are usually discussed separately--classical, jazz, and popular--this highly engaging book offers a compelling new integrated view of twentieth century music. Placing Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the center of the story, David Schiff explores music written during the composer's lifetime in terms of broad ideas such as rhythm, melody, and harmony. He shows how composers and performers across genres shared the common pursuit of representing the rapidly changing conditions of modern life. In addition to extended discussions of major works from the Elligton-Strayhorn repertoire, Schiff considers music by Claude Debussy, Louis Armstrong, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Aaron Copland, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, and Brian Wilson, among many others. A book that illuminates a dazzling array of musical connections, sympathies, and tributes, The Ellington Centurydemonstrates how Duke Ellington's music is as vital to musical modernism as anything by Stravinsky, more influential than anything by Schoenberg, and has had a lasting impact on jazz and pop that reaches from Gershwin to conte...

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