The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington

The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington

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Duke Ellington is widely held to be the greatest jazz composer and one of the most significant cultural icons of the twentieth century. This comprehensive and accessible Companion is the first collection of essays to survey, in depth, Ellington's career, music, and place in popular culture. An international cast of authors includes renowned scholars, critics, composers, and jazz musicians. Organized in three parts, the Companion first sets Ellington's life and work in context, providing new information about his formative years, method of composing, interactions with other musicians, and activities abroad; its second part gives a complete artistic biography of Ellington; and the final section is a series of specific musical studies, including chapters on Ellington and song-writing, the jazz piano, descriptive music, and the blues. Featuring a chronology of the composer's life and major recordings, this book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Ellington's enduring artistic legacy.show more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2 b/w illus. 53 music examples
  • 1139021354
  • 9781139021357

Table of contents

Chronology Evan Spring; Editor's introduction: Ellington and Aesthetic Realism Edward Green; Part I. Ellington in Context: 1. Artful entertainment: Ellington's formative years in context John Howland; 2. The process of becoming: composition and recomposition David Berger; 3. Conductor of music and men: Duke Ellington through the eyes of his nephew Stephen D. James and J. Walker James; 4. Ellington abroad Brian Priestley; 5. Edward Kennedy Ellington as a cultural icon Olly W. Wilson and Trevor Weston; Part II. Duke Through the Decades: The Music and Its Reception: 6. Ellington's afro-modernist vision in the 1920s Jeffrey Magee; 7. Survival, adaptation and experimentation: Duke Ellington and his orchestra in the 1930s Andrew Berish; 8. The 1940s: The Blanton-Webster Band, Carnegie Hall, and the challenge of the postwar era Anna Harwell Celenza; 9. Duke in the 1950s: renaissance man Anthony Brown; 10. Ellington in the 1960s and 1970s: triumph and tragedy Dan Morgenstern; Part III. Ellington and the Jazz Tradition: 11. Ellington and the blues Benjamin Givan; 12. 'Seldom seen, but always heard': Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington Walter van de Leur; 13. Duke Ellington and the world of jazz piano Bill Dobbins; 14. Duke and descriptive music Marcello Piras; 15. Sing a song of Ellington, or, the accidental songwriter Will Friedwald; 16. The land of suites: Ellington and extended form David Berger; 17. Duke Ellington's legacy and influence Benjamin Bierman.show more

Review quote

'[I] couldn't stop reading it. I am glad it has been published and the book can be recommended highly.' Louis Tavecchio, Universiteit van Amsterdam 'Essential reading - addressed to anyone who wants to deepen his knowledge of one of the most significant cultural icons of the twentieth century.' Danny Camerlengo, Suono (Italy) 'For the Ellington fan, the Ellington scholar, for anyone remotely interested in learning more about the man whom Green quite rightly calls 'America's greatest composer', The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington is indispensable.' Mick Carlon, JazzTimes 'The book is extraordinary indeed!' Thomas Riis, Director of the American Music Research Center, University of Coloradoshow more

About Edward Green

Edward Green is a professor at Manhattan School of Music, where since 1984 he has taught jazz, music history, composition, and ethnomusicology. He is also on the faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation and studied with the renowned philosopher Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism. Dr Green serves on the editorial boards of The International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, Haydn (the journal of the Haydn Society of North America), po em My ka no Nayk (Music Scholarship), which is published by a consortium of major Russian conservatories, and is editor of China and the West: The Birth of a New Music (2009). An active composer, he received a 2009 Grammy nomination for his Piano Concertino (Best Contemporary Classical Composition) and a commission offered jointly by thirteen of America's major concert wind ensembles, which resulted in his 2012 Symphony for Band.show more