American Dances

American Dances

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American Dances is an effort by the composer to play upon the boundaries separating classical, jazz, and popular music. The piece blends the sounds of “be-bop”, classical motifs, Latin, and jazz-rock inflected rhythms separated by brief moments of tranquility.

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American Dances is an effort by the composer to play upon the boundaries separating classical, jazz, and popular music. The piece blends the sounds of “be-bop”, classical motifs, Latin, and jazz-rock inflected rhythms separated by brief moments of tranquility. The first movement “Allegro” has a “cool jazz” approach in complex meters; the second movement begins softly “Lento” with a familiar motif from the first movement then suddenly changes into a “hard 12/8 shuffle”; the third movement “Tempo di Grimo (Presto”) is fast and furious in ¾ with “bop” figures from the first movement followed by a soft transition into the B section (Latin mixed meter) of the piece. This section features the trumpet soloist, the brass and the percussion section. After another soft transition, the final movement returns to “Tempo di Grimo” and the piece ends in a mad dash to the end.

 

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