Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz

Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz

The worlds of jazz performance and the communities that grew up around them had been sites of integration throughout the 1930s and 1940s, when Bernstein was first engaging with the jazz idiom, and he himself had performed in mixed-race ...

Author: Katherine Baber

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252051210

Category: Music

Page: 304

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Leonard Bernstein's gifts for drama and connecting with popular audiences made him a central figure in twentieth century American music. Though a Bernstein work might reference anything from modernism to cartoon ditties, jazz permeated every part of his musical identity as a performer, educator, and intellectual. Katherine Baber investigates how jazz in its many styles served Bernstein as a flexible, indeed protean, musical idea. As she shows, Bernstein used jazz to signify American identity with all its tensions and contradictions and to articulate community and conflict, irony and parody, and timely issues of race and gender. Baber provides a thoughtful look at how Bernstein's use of jazz grew out of his belief in the primacy of tonality, music's value as a unique form of human communication, and the formation of national identity in music. She also offers in-depth analyses of On the Town, West Side Story, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and other works to explore fascinating links between Bernstein's art and issues like eclecticism, music's relationship to social engagement, black-Jewish relations, and his own musical identity.
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Leonard Bernstein and Washington DC

Leonard Bernstein and Washington  DC

Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2019. Baber, Katherine. “'Manhattan Women': Jazz, Blues, and Gender in On the Town and Wonderful Town.” American Music 31, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 73–105.

Author: Daniel Abraham

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781580469739

Category: Music

Page: 328

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Bold new essays demonstrate how Leonard Bernstein influenced American culture, society, and politics through his conducting, composing, political relationships, and activism.
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Historical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein

Historical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2019. Dusella, Reinhold, and Helmut Loos, eds. Leonard Bernstein: Der Komponist. Musik der Zeit Dokumentation und Studien 7.

Author: Paul R. Laird

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538113455

Category: Music

Page: 364

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Historical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries encompassing people whom he befriended or worked with, institutions, orchestras, performance venues, cities, compositional methods, and compositions.
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Bernstein and Robbins

Bernstein and Robbins

In the twenties it used to mean music that sounded like music that came out of a jazz band. ... qualities and history, which elements have been well detailed and explored by Baber in Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz.

Author: Sophie Redfern

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781648250057

Category: Music

Page: 323

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Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins stand as giants of the musical-theatre world, but it was ballet that launched their stage careers and established their relationship. With Fancy Free (1944), their triumphant debut collaboration produced by Ballet Theatre, Bernstein, Robbins, and set designer Oliver Smith-all in their mid-twenties- captured the spirit of wartime New York, created a defining ballet of the period still widely performed today, and became overnight sensations. The hit musical On the Town (1944) and a now largely forgotten ballet, Facsimile (1946), followed over the next two years. Drawing extensively on previously unpublished archival documents, Bernstein and Robbins: The Early Ballets provides a richly detailed and original historical account of the creation, premiere, and reception of Fancy Free and Facsimile. It reveals the vital and sometimes conflicting role of Ballet Theatre, explores how Bernstein composed the scores, sheds light on the central importance of Oliver Smith, and considers the legacy of these works for all involved. The result is a new understanding of Bernstein, Robbins, and this formative period in their lives.
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West Side Story Gypsy and the Art of Broadway Orchestration

West Side Story  Gypsy  and the Art of Broadway Orchestration

Katherine Baber, Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz (Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2019), 163. 83. Baber, 164. 84. Simeone, West Side Story, 55–57. 85.

Author: Paul Laird

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429662737

Category: Music

Page: 210

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In this ground-breaking study, Paul Laird examines the process and effect of orchestration in West Side Story and Gypsy, two musicals that were among the most significant Broadway shows of the 1950s, and remain important in the modern repertory. Drawing on extensive archival research with original manuscripts, Laird provides a detailed account of the process of orchestration for these musicals, and their context in the history of Broadway orchestration. He argues that the orchestration plays a vital role in the characterization and plot development in each major musical number, opening a new avenue for analysis that deepens our understanding of the musical as an art form. The orchestration of the score in Broadway musicals deeply shapes their final soundscapes, but only recently has it begun to receive real attention. Linked by a shared orchestrator, in other ways West Side Story and Gypsy offer a study in contrasts. Breaking down how the two composers, Leonard Bernstein and Jules Styne, collaborated with orchestrators Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal, and Robert Ginzler, Laird’s study enables us to better understand both of these two iconic shows, and the importance of orchestration within musical theatre in general.
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Leonard Bernstein s Young People s Concerts

Leonard Bernstein s Young People s Concerts

Leonard Bernstein Jack Gottlieb ... We now get a brand - new American rhythm , which comes out of jazz but doesn't sound like jazz at all . ... It's the accent that makes it different — almost like a whole other language .

Author: Leonard Bernstein

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1574671022

Category: Music

Page: 379

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Examines the century's most unique musician and teacher, explaining clearly the joy of music in a way that grasps the attention of all.
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Music and Mystique in Muscle Shoals

Music and Mystique in Muscle Shoals

... L. Riis Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz Katherine Baber Dancing Revolution: Bodies, Space, and Sound in American Cultural History Christopher J. Smith Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and Critic Suzanne Robinson Mormons, ...

Author: Christopher M. Reali

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252053511

Category: Music

Page: 288

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The forceful music that rolled out of Muscle Shoals in the 1960s and 1970s shaped hits by everyone from Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon. Christopher M. Reali's in-depth look at the fabled musical hotbed examines the events and factors that gave the Muscle Shoals sound such a potent cultural power. Many artists trekked to FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound in search of the sound of authentic southern Black music—and at times expressed shock at the mostly white studio musicians waiting to play it for them. Others hoped to draw on the hitmaking production process that defined the scene. Reali also chronicles the overlooked history of Muscle Shoals's impact on country music and describes the region's recent transformation into a tourism destination. Multifaceted and informed, Music and Mystique in Muscle Shoals reveals the people, place, and events behind one of the most legendary recording scenes in American history.
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Politics as Sound

Politics as Sound

... L. Riis Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz Katherine Baber Dancing Revolution: Bodies, Space, and Sound in American Cultural History Christopher J. Smith Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and Critic Suzanne Robinson Mormons, ...

Author: Shayna Maskell

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252053122

Category: Music

Page: 280

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Uncompromising and innovative, hardcore punk in Washington, DC, birthed a new sound and nurtured a vibrant subculture aimed at a specific segment of the city's youth. Shayna L. Maskell explores DC's hardcore scene during its short but storied peak. Led by bands like Bad Brains and Minor Threat, hardcore in the nation's capital unleashed music as angry and loud as it was fast and minimalistic. Maskell examines the music's aesthetics and the unique impact of DC's sociopolitical realities on the sound and the scene that emerged. As she shows, aspects of the music's structure merged with how bands performed it to put across distinctive representations of race, class, and gender. But those representations could be as complicated and contradictory as they were explicit. A fascinating analysis of a punk rock hotbed, Politics as Sound tells the story of how a generation created music that produced--and resisted--politics and power.
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Mandolin Man

Mandolin Man

... L. Riis Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz Katherine Baber Dancing Revolution: Bodies, Space, and Sound in American Cultural History Christopher J. Smith Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and Critic Suzanne Robinson Mormons, ...

Author: Bob Black

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252053320

Category: Music

Page: 280

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Roland White’s long career has taken him from membership in Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys and Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass to success with his own Roland White Band. A master of the mandolin and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, White has mentored a host of bluegrass musicians and inspired countless others. Bob Black draws on extensive interviews with White and his peers and friends to provide the first in-depth biography of the pioneering bluegrass figure. Born into a musical family, White found early success with the Kentucky Colonels during the 1960s folk revival. The many stops and collaborations that marked White's subsequent musical journey trace the history of modern bluegrass. But Black also delves into the seldom-told tale of White's life as a working musician, one who endured professional and music industry ups-and-downs to become a legendary artist and beloved teacher. An entertaining merger of memories and music history, Mandolin Man tells the overdue story of a bluegrass icon and his times.
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Listening for America Inside the Great American Songbook from Gershwin to Sondheim

Listening for America  Inside the Great American Songbook from Gershwin to Sondheim

... book could legitimately be called jazz, the influence of jazz on the language of popular song was immense. Gershwin, Arlen, and later Leonard Bernstein had considerable firsthand experience hearing great black jazz artists perform, ...

Author: Rob Kapilow

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 9781631490309

Category: Music

Page: 480

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“Not since the late Leonard Bernstein has classical music had a combination salesman-teacher as irresistible as Kapilow.” —Kansas City Star Few people in recent memory have dedicated themselves as devotedly to the story of twentieth- century American music as Rob Kapilow, the composer, conductor, and host of the hit NPR music radio program, What Makes It Great? Now, in Listening for America, he turns his keen ear to the Great American Songbook, bringing many of our favorite classics to life through the songs and stories of eight of the twentieth century’s most treasured American composers—Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, Rodgers, Bernstein, and Sondheim. Hardly confi ning himself to celebrating what makes these catchy melodies so unforgettable, Kapilow delves deeply into how issues of race, immigration, sexuality, and appropriation intertwine in masterpieces like Show Boat and West Side Story. A book not just about musical theater but about America itself, Listening for America is equally for the devotee, the singer, the music student, or for anyone intrigued by how popular music has shaped the larger culture, and promises to be the ideal gift book for years to come.
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