Note:This scholarly essay 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 two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:Adapting and performing big band repertoire with a violist: A discussion and practical demonstration
Author(s):Pellant, Lauren
Contributor(s):McNeill, Charles; Carrillo, Teofilo; Haken, Rudolf; Tharp, Reynold
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
big band
school ensembles
string instruments
Abstract:This project presents strategies for adapting and performing repertoire written for jazz big band (i.e. five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, guitar, piano, bass, and drum set) to include the viola, focusing on music specifically written for big bands affiliated with school music programs at the middle school, high school, and/or college level. Further discussion of the scope, underlying rationale, and common terminology used in this project can be found in the introduction, alongside explanations regarding repertoire selection, performance setup, and musical notation. The first half of this paper focuses on adapting parts from an orchestration perspective. Generalized orchestration options are illustrated using musical excerpts from Blues & More by Jeff Jarvis and Blues You Can Use by David Springfield. More specialized applications of orchestration methods are then modeled through the creation of a complete viola part for Ascending by Fred Sturm. The second half of the paper focuses on adaptation and execution from a performance perspective, covering additional concepts such as articulation, bowings, and performance practice in the context of creating and performing complete example viola parts for three additional pre-existing big band charts: Gears by Les Sabina, Bonehead by Lennie Niehaus, and Down Basie Street by Dave Wolpe.
Issue Date:2021
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:© Lauren Pellant, 2021
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-10-18

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