Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:The song of singing remains the same: Affects and effects of Chick Corea's music 1964-1971
Author(s):Ashe, Whitney
Advisor(s):Stephens, John Chip
Contributor(s):Stephens, John Chip; Pugh, James; Taylor, Stephen; Gray, Lawrence
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Chick Corea
Abstract:This document addresses the musical and professional development that pianist and composer Chick Corea underwent between the years 1964-1971. The recordings examined in this document demonstrate how Corea assimilated bebop, modal, and free jazz idioms, while developing an identifiable yet malleable approach to improvisation. During this period, his musical language also underwent significant transformation in his approach to harmony, rhythm, group interplay, and pianistic technique. Transcriptions and analysis are used to examine these developments of Corea’s musical language. This period culminated in Corea’s participation in a trio collective with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Barry Altschul. It was with this project that he transitioned from sideman to bandleader. The effects of this transition, both musically and personally, are examined through the lens of various musicologists and critics to demonstrate both how and why Corea’s work began to diverge from his audiences’ expectations.
Issue Date:2020
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Whitney Ashe
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-04-23

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