Introductory course: reading and interpreting jazz music.
The course will include:
- formation of a laboratory-orchestra;
- reading practise on pieces of the classical repertory
of the big bands of the forties and fifties;
- analysis of the musical forms of jazz;
- listening different styles in chronological order;
- chords and signatures;
- scales and phrasing;
- rhythm and polyrhythm;
- basic notions for improvisation.
The program will end with a concert of the laboratory-orchestra.
Proposals for jazz teaching will be made in
the S. Fiora seminary.
1st purpose: identification of the
specific jazz language by reading simple pieces of the
jazz tradition, with a particular focus on blues. Accurate
analysis of rhythms, accents and inflexions characterizing
jazz pronounciation. At this stage, reading unison themes
and playing simple arrangements could be already possible.
It is preferable, but not necessary, to have recorded
versions of the used material, for comparisons and analysis
on the basis of the original material.
2nd purpose: short analysis of the
forms and of the harmonic structure of the material
used for practice, with a particular focus on the determination
of the tonal centers and the scale/tonality relation.
Analysis of the melody and of the consonance/dissonance
3rd purpose: preliminary teaching of
improvisation. The thematic material, its variations,
the sound/space/time relation. The aims of improvisation.