Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn by Walter van de Leur

By Walter van de Leur

Duke Ellington used to be certainly one of jazz's maximum figures, a composer and bandleader of unprecedented significance and impression. yet little consciousness has been given to his leader musical collaborator, Billy Strayhorn, who created 1000s of compositions and preparations for his musical accomplice, and with out whom the sound of Ellington's orchestra might were very different.
Now, in Walter van de Leur's provocative new e-book, Something To reside For, Billy Strayhorn steps out from Ellington's shadow and into the highlight. Van de Leur argues that faraway from being in basic terms a follower of Ellington or his adjust ego, Strayhorn introduced a appreciably new and visionary approach of writing to the Ellington orchestra. Making wide use, for the 1st time, of over 3,000 autograph rankings, Van de Leur separates Strayhorn from Ellington, establishes who wrote what, and obviously distinguishes among their distinct musical types. "Both Strayhorn's and Ellington's oeuvres," writes Van de Leur, "though traditionally intertwined, however shape coherent, separate musical entities, specially by way of harmonic, melodic, and structural design." certainly, Something to dwell For permits us to determine the attribute positive factors of Strayhorn's compositions and preparations, his "musical fingerprints," and to research and evaluation his tune by itself phrases. The ebook additionally makes transparent that Strayhorn's contribution to the band used to be a lot higher, and extra unique, than has been formerly stated.
in line with a decade of study and providing special analyses of over 70 musical examples, Something to stay For casts new light--and would certainly arouse excessive debate--on of an important composers within the historical past of jazz.

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