A week of music [portfolio]

Salisbury, David. (2012) A week of music [portfolio]. [NTRO Portfolio]

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This is a series of seven pieces that focus on each day of the week.

Monday Mixup implies that hectic nature of Monday. It loosely follows a 'blues' form at least in the harmonic sense with a variation in the bridge or middle section of the piece.

Bluesday Tuesday reflects the idea that there is still a long week ahead and things need doing. It is based more on a rock jazz feel or rhythm structure that utilizes compositional techniques such as retrograde and inversion.

Wacky Wednesday demonstrates how crazy things can be mid-week. It starts with a frenetic figure in the bass line and then calms down in the middle section with a more peaceful melodic line. It is based more on a rock feel or rhythm structure.

Funky Thursday is due to a continued interest in the genre of funk. This piece is based on the chord progression from Miles Davis' tune "All Blues". The piece starts with drums and bass.

Sweet Samba Friday is due to a continued interest in Latin music forms and the end of the week. This piece features the various instruments as soli sections. This represents a sectional written out solo.

Saturday Shuffle is in a 6/8 feel and represents the many chores that can arise on a Saturday. This piece features the various instruments as soli sections. This represents a sectional solo written out.

A Sunday Afternoon Bossa continues my interest in Latin music forms and reflects on the laid back or relaxing feel of a Sunday Afternoon before a busy week. This piece features a Marimba soloist.

Research Statement

Research Background The formulation of the big jazz band, dominated the jazz music from the early 1920s until the late 1940s. Big bands gradually grew in size, and by the early 1930s most were carrying 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 3 or 4 saxophones, and a four-piece rhythm section. The expansion meant that the trombones could be treated autonomously (Collier J. L., 2007). The basic configuration currently is called a 7 & 5 big band meaning seven brass and five saxophones with a full rhythm section constituting a 16-piece ensemble. A common addition is a fourth trombone (bass trombone) bringing the total number to 17.
Research Contribution This piece represents an in-depth exploration of this instrumental combination and form. The contrast of the brass section with the woodwind section represents an opportunity to delve into the range and colour of the instruments as well the instrumentalist's ability to perform various technical aspects in the music.
Research Significance This composition utilizes a modern harmonic approach with an emphasis on jazz harmonic structures. There is a deliberate effort to de-emphasise diatonic harmonic conventions. In addition this piece explores the color combination of instruments as a section and in various pairing combinations such as Trumpet and Saxophone.
Item ID: 52195
Item Type: NTRO Portfolio
Media of Output: Digital recording
Keywords: big band, jazz, composition
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