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Gunther Schuller

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Journey into Jazz (1962)
Text Writer
Gunther Schuller and Nat Hentoff
Publisher
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1962
Duration
15 Minutes
Soloist
Narrator, Jazz Quintet: asx+tsx/tpt/dm/db


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Gunther Schuller Journey into Jazz (1962)
Gunther Schuller’s Journey into Jazz uses text by author and jazz critic Nat Hentoff. The story tells of a young boy’s musical journey. While the orchestra functions as a narrator of the work, reflecting various moods, the members of the jazz combo serve as characters in the story, with a solo trumpet representing the protagonist. While the musical material played by the orchestra is fully notated, the jazz combo often improvises from “charts,” indications of chord changes with melodic lines given occasionally. At one point, the solo trumpet is even featured in a completely improvisatory role, basing its melody on a given mood and the number of seconds it has in which to play. Journey into Jazz is dedicated to Schuller’s two sons, jazz musicians who have since performed the piece under the direction of their father.

  • Ensemble
    Boston Modern Orchestra Project
    Conductor
    Gil Rose
    BMOP Sound:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 17 FEB 2013
    Salem, OR
    Salem Chamber Orchestra
    Ken Selden, conductor
  • 12 OCT 2012
    Greece
    The Symphony Orchestra of Cyprus

    Other Dates:
    13 October - Greece
  • 25 FEB 2011
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Tuscaloosa Symphony
    Demondrae Thurman, conductor

    Other Dates:
    26 February - Tuscaloosa, AL
  • 22 JAN 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra
    Ivar Lunde, conductor
  • 04 DEC 2010
    Portland, OR
    Portland State University
    Darrell Grant; Ken Selden, conductor
  • 30 OCT 2010
    Spain
    Almeria City Orchestra
    Michael Thomas, conductor
  • 16 APR 2010
    Portugal
    Gulbenkian Symphony
    Cesário Costa, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 April - Portugal
  • 29 APR 2006
    Ithaca, NY
    Cornell University
  • The Symphony Orchestra of Cyprus

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