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Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age


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Contents Preface -What This Book Covers -How to Use This Book and Companion Website Acknowledgements Section I - Overview and Basic Information Chapter 1 - Introduction Chapter 2 - A Brief Overview of MIDI and Music Software Chapter 3 - Basic Information Chapter 4 - Fundamental Musical Considerations Chapter 5 - Introduction to Music Notation Software Section II - Arranging For Small Jazz Ensemble Chapter 6 - Overview of Small Ensemble Writing/Rhythm and Rhythmic Notation Chapter 7 -Melody & Melodic Development (3-4 Horns) Chapter 8 - Basic Harmonic Concepts (3-4 Horns) Chapter 9 - Reharmonization of Approach Tones (3-4 Horns) Chapter 10 - Melodic Reharmonization and Counterpoint (3-4 Horns) Chapter 11 - Form and Planning the Arrangement/Instrumentation Chapter 12 - Dynamics & Articulations Chapter 13 - The Rhythm Section Chapter 14 - Completing the 3-4 Horn Arrangement Chapter 15 - Notation Software: Generating Parts, Page Layout, & Printing Chapter 16 - Arranging For 5-6 Horns - Harmony and Chord Voicings Chapter 17 - Form and Planning the Arrangement (5-6 Horns) Chapter 18 - The Soli and Shout Chorus Chapter 19 - Completing the 5-6 Horn Arrangement Section III - Arranging For Large Jazz Ensemble Chapter 20 - Overview of Large Ensemble Considerations Chapter 21 - Unison & Octave Writing/Monophonic Texture Chapter 22 - Concerted Writing For Brass Chapter 23 - Concerted Writing For Saxes Chapter 24 - Big Band Instrumental Subdivisions Chapter 25 - Form and Planning the Arrangement Chapter 26 - Modern Harmonic Concepts & Voicing Techniques Chapter 27 - More on Modern Harmony, Melodic Reharmonization, & Counterpoint Chapter 28 - Woodwind and Brass Doubles and Mutes Chapter 29 - Line Writing and Polyphony Chapter 30 - The Soli Section (Big Band) Chapter 31 - The Shout Chorus (Big Band) Chapter 32 - Arranging For Vocalists and Instrumental Soloists Chapter 33 - Completing The Big Band Arrangement Chapter 34 - Review of Music Notation Software Techniques Appendices (On the Companion Website) A. Summary of Basic Arranging and Voicing Principles B. List of Recommended Scores and Recordings for Study C. Bibliography Index

About the Author

An accomplished jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, Richard Sussman has also achieved widespread acclaim as a jazz educator, clinician, and music technologist. He has been a member of the Jazz Composition faculty at Manhattan School of Music for over 25 years and is also recipient of the prestigious ASCAP award for Jazz Composition. Michael Abene is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest living jazz composer/arrangers. In addition to teaching jazz composition and arranging at the Manhattan School of Music, Abene co-directed the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop for many years.


"Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age is a must have for any musician who plans to be a jazz musician. As composition and arranging are integral parts of developing a sound and style as a jazz artist, this book covers the basic considerations that will provide the skills to allow this to happen. Richard and Mike have left no stone unturned in laying out the fundamentals of composition and orchestration. This is a great book compiled by two fantastic musicians. I've already learned several things on the first read-through, and am looking forward to going back for more." --Bob Mintzer "Richard Sussman and Michael Abene have created an all encompassing look into the techniques and methods for realizing a musical arrangement in the 21st century. However, what really sets this book apart is the great care the authors take to emphasize that the only true guide for any musician is one's inner ear and creative instincts, thus constantly encouraging the reader to assume ultimate responsibility and ownership of the creative process." --Gil Goldstein "Unique and cutting edge. Just when it seemed the subject had no new approaches to uncover come Sussman and Abene. Grounded with solid basics and served up in the language of today's computer-enhanced music world. An extraordinary, must-have reference for all arrangers from the beginner to the seasoned pro." --Gary Anderson, Arranger / Orchestrator for TV & Film "This is one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the subject and the detailed helpful hints on using Finale or Sibelius make it THE book to use in this new century. This textbook is invaluable for college teachers and their students." --Richard DeRosa, Professor of Jazz Composition and Arranging, University of North Texas "A comprehensive book--both musically and technologically--for the 21st-century jazz composer-arranger, written by two masters of the art." --Bill Kirchner, jazz musician/producer/historian/educator, and editor of The Oxford Companion To Jazz "Richard Sussman is a great arranger - I wish I had met him 10 years earlier." --Hank Jones "Written by a couple of seasoned professionals, this book is chock full of useful information. In addition, it gives the reader access to a website which is another great source for information. Well done!" --Jim McNeely "Jazz Composition & Arranging In the Digital Age by Richard Sussman & Michael Abene is quite amazing! I'm sure it will set a new standard in jazz education." --Randy Brecker, Grammy award-winning trumpeter "An important instructional text for aspiring arrangers...It hopefully encourages the creative reader, as Abene says in his foreword, to inquire into all aspects of making music." --Jazzinstitut.de "Rarely do composition and arranging books bridge the gap between technique and creativity. But in Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age, authors Richard Sussman and Michael Abene do so in a dynamic way, helping students and teachers use Sibelius and Finale to engage in composition. What distinguishes this book is that the material is presented with the idea of doing much of the creative work using notation software." --School Band & Orchestra "A landmark resource." --JazzTimes

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