Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

Music

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The ultimate goal of my project will be a performance of Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet, accompanied by a brief lecture centered around attitudes toward jazz, Shaw himself, and the Concerto. I aim to draw conclusions about how Shaw’s experiences and reactions to the perception of jazz may have influenced his composition. Also, I will provide a musical analysis of the Concerto for Clarinet and will compare its form with that of a traditional concerto from the Classical period. During the performance and presentation, I will play excerpts and explain different techniques found throughout the piece, focusing on the rhythmic nuances of swing. As a result of my presentation and performance, I hope to instill in attendees an appreciation for Shaw’s composition while providing them with new insights into the complexity of jazz music.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. John Cipolla

Disciplines

Music

Included in

Music Commons

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