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作者 Lawson, Sonya Ruth
書名 The origins and development of the use of violins, violas, and cellos in jazz in the United States of America
國際標準書號 9780496284658
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說明 276 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 64-02, Section: A, page: 0331
Adviser: Marian Smith
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Oregon, 2003
This dissertation presents a historical examination of the use of the violin, viola, and cello in jazz. The bulk of the dissertation refers to the violin because that is the string instrument that has the longest jazz tradition. The solo cello and viola have been used much less in jazz. It was not until the 1960s that cellists began to be recorded as improvising members of groups, and not until the 1980s that violists were recorded in similar contexts. Jazz ensembles that used violins, violas, and cellos as non-improvising members of the group have been around since the early days of jazz. However, it was not until the 1960s that these types of string ensembles were asked to improvise on a regular basis, and not until the 1980s that stand-alone jazz string quartets were recorded
Focusing upon how these string instruments were used in jazz discloses a basic problem with the categorization of jazz. The question "What is jazz?" is shown to depend upon the type of categorization involved in answering that question. Employing insights from cognitive science, the dissertation examines three different forms of categorization and demonstrates their relevance to our understanding of what counts as jazz. Presenting and comparing style traits (form, melody, rhythm, harmony, and instrumentation) for each jazz era permits us to perceive the changes that occur during the process of transformation from one pattern to another
School code: 0171
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 64-02A
主題 Music
Alt Author University of Oregon
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