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 commissions and compositions of works for Benny Goodman and chamber ensemble: history, style and clarinet writing
Author(s):Shuler, Pamela
Advisor(s):Harris, J. David
Contributor(s):Harris, J. David; Lund, Erik; Magee, Gayle; McGovern, Timothy
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:Frequently referred to as the “King of Swing,” Benny Goodman (1909-1986) is well-known for his jazz clarinet playing. Yet Goodman should also be recognized as a classical clarinet player and for his role in contributing repertoire to the classical clarinet genre. A number of these works call for various arrangements of chamber ensembles. Béla Bartók’s Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano, Alan Shulman’s Rendezvous for Clarinet and Strings, Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig 8 Duos for Clarinet and Double Bass, and Allen Shawn’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano are all a part of this category. To gain an understanding of how each of these works fit into both Goodman’s long career and the output of Bartók, Shulman, Gould, and Shawn, this thesis presents the history and circumstances leading up to the composition of each work. Each piece is compared with other works by the composers in order to discover what compositional style may have been adapted in writing for Goodman. Additional consideration is given to the popularity of each work in performances and recordings.
Issue Date:2017
Publisher:School of Music. College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Pamela Shuler
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-11-09

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