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An Analysis of the Compositional Practices of Ornette Coleman as Demonstrated in His Small Group Recordings During the 1970s

Frink, Nathan (2012) An Analysis of the Compositional Practices of Ornette Coleman as Demonstrated in His Small Group Recordings During the 1970s. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study is an examination of the musical output of Ornette Coleman’s small ensembles during the 1970s. The primary goal of the paper is to define the specific changes that took place in the early part of the decade that distinguish the artist’s later musical conception from that which he employed during the previous years. In order to create such a discussion, the study explores several areas of both Ornette’s life and music, and asserts that throughout this decade Ornette’s creative processes frequently exceeded the boundaries that existed in his music of the previous period.
The paper is divided into three sections: historical background; Ornette’s “Renaissance”; and an analysis of compositional techniques and improvisatory style between 1971 and 1979, the years that comprise his most extreme departure from the practices in his earlier and more commonly accepted recordings. The overall trend shows an apparent shift in Ornette’s musical thinking represented by several experimentations with ensemble, tone color, and compositional practice. The result of these undertakings eventually gave rise to a new vision for his art represented by the electric group, Prime Time.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Frink, Nathannaf21@pitt.eduNAF21
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDavis, Nathanndavis@pitt.eduNDAVIS
Committee MemberRosenblum,
Committee MemberRoot, Deandlr@pitt.eduDLR
Date: 30 May 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 1 December 2011
Approval Date: 30 May 2012
Submission Date: 16 April 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 120
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: harmolodic, Prime Time, Asha Puthli, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Denardo Coleman, Charlie Haden, Bern Nix, James Blood Ulmer, electric, instruments, jazz, avant-garde, free jazz, Joujouka, music, riff, modular, arrangement, theme, theory
Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 14:59
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:57


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