“Analyzing Jazz: A Schenkerian Approach demonstrates that the theories of Heinrich Schenker can illuminate not only the technical aspects of jazz (such as melody rhythm and harmony) but also its artistic content. In considering objections that have been raised to the application of SchenkerпїЅs approach to improvised jazz the book touches upon the content and origin of SchenkerпїЅs theories the role of analysis and the intentional fallacy the origin and function of dissonance in common-practice harmony and in jazz the nature of improvisation vs. composition and the role of simplicity and complexity in popular and art music. And although it qualifies the applicability of SchenkerпїЅs theories to jazz it also shows that SchenkerпїЅs theories offer basic theoretical principles and practical examples for explaining dissonance treatment in jazz and models useful in creating explaining and experiencing jazz. The book offers detailed analyses of LarsonпїЅs transcriptions into musical notation of five complete recorded performances of Thelonious MonkпїЅs classic jazz composition ” пїЅRound Midnight”: two recorded by the composer one by Oscar Peterson and two by Bill EvansпїЅand is thus the first work to publish complete transcriptions of the same piece as played by different jazz performers.
Steve Larson is the Robert M. Trotter Professor of Music at the University of Oregon and a member of the UO Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences. In the School of Music, he leads THEME, a group of faculty and graduate students interested in music research.