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:When classical meets jazz: Jazz arrangements of Eugen Cicero based on classical piano compositions
Author(s):Weng, Li-Wen
Advisor(s):Stephens, John Chip; Heiles, William
Contributor(s):Gray, Larry; Lund, Erik R.
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Eugen Cicero
Abstract:Eugen Cicero (1940-1997), a classically trained pianist, later became an active jazz performer who toured in a number of countries. Many of his jazz arrangements of classical pieces were never published and have not received much attention in scholarly writings to date. This scholarly essay provides my analysis and transcriptions for three selected pieces from Cicero’s arrangements — Ah! Vous Dirais -Je, Maman , Cicero Walzer Nr.2 and Prelude In C Minor, Op. 28 No. 20 . Analysis will include a comparison of each original classical piece to the transcribed jazz arrangements, as well as a comparison between the pieces that he arranged. This project will provide useful material —for instance my transcriptions of the scores —for others who share similar interests in Cicero’s arrangements and in improvising on classical pieces. Furthermore, I hope this project will demonstrate in a concrete way how classical music can be transformed into jazz through different arranging strategies.
Issue Date:2017
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Weng, Li-Wen. When classical meets jazz: Jazz arrangements of Eugen Cicero based on classical piano compositions. Scholarly essay submitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2017.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-04-11

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