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Title: Approaches to integrating improvisation into notated big band compositions
Author: Dorrell, R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7432 2846
Awarding Body: Bath Spa University
Current Institution: Bath Spa University
Date of Award: 2018
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This research attempts to discover new guidance methods for jazz improvisers working within the context of a big band that provide greater thematic continuity than solos based purely on chord symbols. After an introductory chapter, Chapter 2 examines the research context in terms of existing academic texts and the working practices of jazz composer, Graham Collier. Because of the lack of existing academic literature on this topic, in Chapter 3, an interview with Darcy James Argue and a survey of responses from 57 other currently-active jazz composers from around the world is analysed. The survey presents diverse views on the problem of thematically integrating the soloist into a big band, as well as suggesting a range of approaches and techniques for doing so. In subsequent chapters, four new compositions for big band and soloist are introduced. Multiple recorded performances of each of the works with different professional soloists of varying age and musical backgrounds generated ten improvised solos based on thematic melodic motifs and a variety of pitch sets. These solos were then transcribed and analysed for motivic development. The concluding chapter studies the hindrances to the development of thematic melodic material found in these solos and analyses the impact of these unusual guidance methods on the improvising soloist and the process of composing new work. The final section suggests future possible developments based on the findings and experiences of conducting the research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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