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Doctor of Musical Arts
One continuing trend in solo trombone literature is the combination of classical and contemporary styles. Jazz is the most commonly integrated of these styles as it can be credited to the development of modern trombone playing. Comprehension of a variety of jazz styles is very important for correct interpretation. One must be informed of a composer's background and influences, and then apply the appropriate jazz techniques to the performance of the music. This document focuses on the jazz influences in modern solo trombone works by American composers Alec Wilder, William Goldstein, Richard Peaslee, and Jack Cooper. The paper provides background information about the compositions, the performers they were written for, brief discussion about their compositional elements and recommendations on interpreting and executing the jazz elements in each work. Included are musical examples that identify jazz elements as well as score excerpts that support the recommended interpretations. Additionally, there is a table to compare and contrast the usage of jazz elements in each piece, and commentary regarding interpretation of jazz influenced solo trombone works.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Williams, Anthony Norvell, "Interpretation of Jazz Influenced Solo Trombone Works by American Composers: Alec Wilder, William Goldstein, Richard Peaslee, and Jack Cooper" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2260.