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:Jazz for the cello: Fostering effective expression through historic transcribed brass and reed solos
Author(s):Reid, Tomeka
Advisor(s):Gray, Lawrence
Contributor(s):Gray, Lawrence; Lund, Erik; Magee, Jeffrey; McNeill, Charles
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:Stringed instruments naturally possess a vocal quality where, similar to the human voice, notes can be modified through bends and slides, lending themselves to numerous styles of music. As jazz, and the blues are America’s classical music, it is worthwhile to the 21st century string player to explore alternative techniques in order to become more musically versatile. This study investigates idiomatic jazz articulations and their application to the cello in fostering effective and convincing expression of jazz styles, as these techniques are not often taught in string pedagogy at the secondary, university or conservatory levels. A brief history of the emergence of the cello in jazz is provided as well as transcriptions and mini-biographies of select artists, prominent during each significant time period in jazz, demonstrating how to interpret cello performance in a jazz context. Capturing the closest replication and spirit of each of the selected master performer’s solos is shown through transcription. Although individuals studying these transcriptions may find some discrepancies in interpretation, this paper serves to open possibilities and provide some useful suggestions for the cellist interested in performing in the style of this great American musical art form. Each section contains a transcription that suits the range of the cello comfortably, complete with expressive mark indications, bow articulations and select suggested fingerings for each solo.
Issue Date:2017-04-27
Publisher:School of Music. College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Tomeka Reid
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-05-22

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