The Influence of Claude Debussy's and Maurice Ravel's Music on Jazz, as Seen in the Compositions of Bix Beiderbecke, Bill Evans and Miles Davis
The Impressionist musical influence on jazz musicians has long been
noted. This book, originally written as a doctoral dissertation for the
New England Conservatory, offers the first—and only—analytical proof
of this connection. Everything in this 90-page scholarly study is documented, including bibliographies, detailed analysis of specific musical examples, and a chapter on modality, tracing such 20th century salient characteristic devices as: quartal harmony, unresolved melodic tensions, pedal points, pitch collections, non-functional chord successions, bitonal and polytonal relationships, and much more.
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