First Advisor

Applegate, Erik

Document Type

Dissertation

Date Created

12-1-2015

Abstract

This study examines six pieces for large jazz ensemble written by Bob Brookmeyer in order to trace his compositional development over time. My analyses of melody, rhythm, form, structure, voicings, harmony, and orchestration illustrate how Brookmeyer's compositions fell into three distinct periods: early, middle, and late. In Brookmeyer's early period, his compositions exhibit a strong influence from the Count Basie band, conventional chord progressions, and eight- or twelve-measure phrases. His middle period compositions are defined by harmonic extremes and the use of indeterminacy, whereas he returned to simpler harmonies and added greater weight to counterpoint in his late period. Findings provide insight into Brookmeyer's compositional style and add to the understanding and proliferation of his music and legacy

Keywords

Analysis, Big band, Brookmeyer, Jazz, Music

Extent

207 pages

Local Identifiers

Middagh_unco_0161D_10450.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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