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Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age


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Jazz Composition and Arranging In the Digital Age is a comprehensive and practical instructional book and reference guide on the art and craft of jazz composition and arranging for small and large ensembles. In this book, veteran composers and arrangers Richard Sussman and Michael Abene combine their extensive years of experience as musicians and instructors to demonstrate how advances in music technology and software may be integrated with traditional compositional concepts to form a new and more efficient paradigm for the creative process.

This book builds on material and issues treated in traditional jazz composition and arranging courses, including all the fundamental musical techniques and information associated with jazz arranging and composition instruction. In addition, each chapter of the book also contains specific examples demonstrating the effective utilization of music software as applied to the realization of these techniques. Software is employed both as both a learning tool in the form of examples and exercises, and as a practical tool illustrating how many modern day composer/arrangers are utilizing these techniques successfully in the real world. The book also offers several chapters devoted exclusively to the creative use of music technology and software. The extensive companion website provides listening examples for each chapter as well as enhanced software tips, expanded and additional music examples, and appendices of , basic principles and an expanded recommended listening list for further study.

About the Author

In addition to his many accomplishments as a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, Richard Sussman has also achieved widespread acclaim as a jazz educator, clinician, and music technologist. He has been a member of the Jazz Composition faculty at Manhattan School of Music for over 25 years, where his duties have included teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in jazz arranging, as well as the direction of all aspects of Music Technology and Software within the Jazz Program.

Richard Sussman received the prestigious ASCAP award for Jazz Composition in 2008, honoring jazz legend Hank Jones. Richard went on to work as an arranger with Hank on several projects, including a concert with the acclaimed Metropole Orchestra of Amsterdam. Richard was the last arranger to work with Hank Jones prior to his passing in May 2010.

Michael Abene is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest living jazz composer/arrangers, and the list of artists he has collaborated with reads like a modern day "Who's Who" of jazz. Michael is also a greatly respected jazz educator. In addition to teaching jazz composition and arranging at the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Abene co-directed the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop for many years. He is also a much sought after guest conductor and clinician. Michael has been director of the esteemed WDR Radio Big Band of Cologne, Germany since 2003.


Table of Contents



-What This Book Covers

-How to Use This Book and Companion Website


Section I - Overview and Basic Information

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - A Brief Overview of MIDI and Music Software

Chapter 3 - Basic Information

Chapter 4 - Fundamental Musical Considerations

Chapter 5 - Introduction to Music Notation Software

Section II - Arranging For Small Jazz Ensemble

Chapter 6 - Overview of Small Ensemble Writing/Rhythm and Rhythmic Notation

Chapter 7 -Melody and Melodic Development (3-4 Horns)

Chapter 8 - Basic Harmonic Concepts (3-4 Horns)

Chapter 9 - Reharmonization of Approach Tones (3-4 Horns)

Chapter 10 - Melodic Reharmonization and Counterpoint (3-4 Horns)

Chapter 11 - Form and Planning the Arrangement/Instrumentation

Chapter 12 - Dynamics and Articulations

Chapter 13 - The Rhythm Section

Chapter 14 - Completing the 3-4 Horn Arrangement

Chapter 15 - Notation Software: Generating Parts, Page Layout, and Printing

Chapter 16 - Arranging For 5-6 Horns - Harmony and Chord Voicings

Chapter 17 - Form and Planning the Arrangement (5-6 Horns)

Chapter 18 - The Soli and Shout Chorus

Chapter 19 - Completing the 5-6 Horn Arrangement

Section III - Arranging For Large Jazz Ensemble

Chapter 20 - Overview of Large Ensemble Considerations

Chapter 21 - Unison and Octave Writing/Monophonic Texture

Chapter 22 - Concerted Writing For Brass

Chapter 23 - Concerted Writing For Saxes

Chapter 24 - Big Band Instrumental Subdivisions

Chapter 25 - Form and Planning the Arrangement

Chapter 26 - Modern Harmonic Concepts and Voicing Techniques

Chapter 27 - More on Modern Harmony, Melodic Reharmonization, and Counterpoint

Chapter 28 - Woodwind and Brass Doubles and Mutes

Chapter 29 - Line Writing and Polyphony

Chapter 30 - The Soli Section (Big Band)

Chapter 31 - The Shout Chorus (Big Band)

Chapter 32 - Arranging For Vocalists and Instrumental Soloists

Chapter 33 - Completing The Big Band Arrangement

Chapter 34 - Review of Music Notation Software Techniques

Appendices (On the Companion Website)

A. Summary of Basic Arranging and Voicing Principles

B. List of Recommended Scores and Recordings for Study

C. Bibliography


Product Details

Sussman, Richard
Oxford University Press, USA
Abene, Michael
Music | Popular Music | Jazz
Music - Jazz
Publication Date:
Richly illustrated with extensive musica
8.5 x 10.9 x 1.2 in 2.7 lb

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