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Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz Compositions

Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz Compositions

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Title: Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz Compositions
Author: Vazquez, Ruben
Abstract: This thesis examines the challenges in musical compositions in Latin jazz styles. The challenges include writing music with different Afro-Cuban rhythms as well as the use of the clave as a backbeat to the melodic ideas. Also, it explores different harmonic and melodic approaches used in a composition and stylistic ideas reflected in jazz styles. For each piece, the composer makes use of different instrumentations and ensemble types. The methodology was to compose seven original songs for small jazz ensembles, and also to analyze the results. For each composition, the author describes his melodic and harmonic approach and the different rhythmic accompaniments. The result of this work is the creation of songs that provide a practical illustration of the different rhythmic patterns and compositional techniques.
Subject: Music
Keywords: Afro-Cuban Jazz Compositions
Music Analysis
Latin Jazz Education
Latin Jazz Rhythms
Cuban Clave Patterns
Cuban Music Rhythms
Music Composition Devices
Jazz Compositions.
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/34287
Supervisor: Coghlan, Michael
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Music
Exam date: 2017-06-12
Publish on: 2018-03-01

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