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I have created this site in order to provide performers, listeners and composers with a description of a composer's experiences with the creative process. The posts will provide discussions of the inspirations, challenges, and successes of a composer from the inception of the piece to the culmination in performance. I will provide a link to where you can see and hear the works in progress. Comments and questions are always welcomed. They will not posted unless you grant me permission.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Modern Jazz Suite Movement 4

Hello readers,

It may seem like I have fallen off the face of the earth as I have not posted in quite a while. Part of the reason was because I as on tour to Oklahoma for performances of my music by the h2 Saxophone Quartet in Oklahoma and for some presentations along the way. Another reason is that I was waiting to hear back from Todd and Mark regarding the last movement of Modern Jazz Suite. They were both busy with other projects this summer. We now have the premiere scheduled for April 21, 2014 at Texas State University so it is time that I got caught up discussing the last movement.

It was while writing this last movement that I decided to change the titles of the movements to tributes to the major figure in each modern jazz style. Therefore the movements are Parkeriana, Milesiana, Schulleriana, and Corealiana respectively.

Since the last movement is in a jazz rock style, I decided to use an electric guitar. The form of the movement is head, guitar solo, saxophone solo, riff passage, head, ending. A lot of different guitar effects are used including slap tone, tone bends, pizzicato, and use of the whammy bar. The saxophonist does some slap tonguing. Jazz rock rhythms permeate the movement.

I am now using flip pdf technology for the musical examples that go along with my posts. It uses Flash Player that most browsers come with. You will be hearing an mp3 of sampled sounds playing the music and you will see the score at the same time. You will need to turn the pages by clicking on the arrows at the appropriate time. To see and hear what I have discussed, go to http://www.cooppress.net/modern_jazz_suite_blog.html.

As always, your comments are appreciated.

Dr. B

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