The Ellington Century

byDavid Schiff

Hardcover | February 21, 2012

The Ellington Century by David Schiff
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Breaking down walls between genres that are usually discussed separately-classical, jazz, and popular-this highly engaging book offers a compelling new integrated view of twentieth-century music. Placing Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the center of the story, David Schiff explores music written during the composer''s lifetime in terms of broad ideas such as rhythm, melody, and harmony. He shows how composers and performers across genres shared the common pursuit of representing the rapidly changing conditions of modern life. The Ellington Century demonstrates how Duke Ellington''s music is as vital to musical modernism as anything by Stravinsky, more influential than anything by Schoenberg, and has had a lasting impact on jazz and pop that reaches from Gershwin to contemporary R&B.
David Alan Schiff is R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music at Reed College. He is a composer, journalist whose articles have appeared in publications including the New York Times and the Atlantic, and the author of George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and The Music of Elliot Carter.
Title:The Ellington CenturyFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.2 inShipping dimensions:336 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.2 inPublished:February 21, 2012Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520245873

ISBN - 13:9780520245877

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Table of Contents


Part I: Overture: Such Sweet Thunder
1. "Blue Light": Color
2. "Cotton Tail": Rhythm
3. "Prelude to a Kiss": Melody
4. "Satin Doll": Harmony

Part II: Entr''acte: "Sepia Panorama"
5. "Warm Valley": Love
6. Black, Brown and Beige: History
7. "Heaven": God


Editorial Reviews

"Schiff''s ode to Ellington is a joy."