The taipan's song

Salisbury, David (2005) The taipan's song. [Creative Work]

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This piece is for jazz ensemble. A jazz ensemble can contain a diverse range of instrumentation and size. This piece is scored for Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones; two Trumpets and Trombone as well as a four piece rhythm section of Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums. The composition is inspired by the North Queensland flora and fauna, in this case the Taipan snake, one of the worlds most deadly snakes and utilises several metric changes including 4/4, 6/4, 5/4 and 3/4 as means of musically describing the twist and turns a creature of this type might take in it's travels.

Research Statement

Research Background The jazz ensemble is a well established vehicle for jazz and contemporary composition. The use of odd time signatures is still a rare occurrence in the field of jazz composition. Principle exponents of this type of approach include the Don Ellis Orchestra and the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Add time signature are typically divided into smaller sub grouping such as the famous composition by Paul Desmond "Take Five" divided into two groups of 3 and 2 to equal 5, hence the title.
Research Contribution This piece adds to the body of composition exploring odd time signatures and combinations of time signatures. The piece features saxophone and guitar improvised solos maintaining the tradition of improvisation in a jazz composition. The instrumental combination in this pieces represents a pared down or streamlined big band configuration thus giving it a fuller sound than a normal quartet or quintet combination.
Research Significance This is part of a series of compositions that are situated and feature North Queensland Geography, Flora and Fauna as musical inspiration. It is applicable for secondary and tertiary instrumental programs as a medium to advanced level work for the instruction in odd time signatures; combinations of time signatures; improvisation and ensemble playing.
Item ID: 23480
Item Type: Creative Work (Recorded/Rendered Work - Audio/visual recording - NTRO)
Media of Output: Digital Score (PDF) and Mp3
Keywords: jazz ensemble, composition, odd metres
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 23:37
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