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A hexachordal combinatoriality compositional approach for jazz big band

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posted on 07.12.2021, 22:27 by DARIO FRANCIS OGRIN
This research explores how a dodecaphonic compositional system called hexachordal combinatoriality (HC) can be used to compose music for a jazz big band. To undertake this research, I used HC to create an original multi-movement composition, Cosmica Sidera, for a jazz big band. The analysis of this composition found that HC readily incorporated common jazz features like walking bass lines and improvisations and provide shorthand ways of communicating what pitches were required to execute these; analysis also found that HC was flexible in providing both melodic and harmonic material usable in jazz big band composition.


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Paul Williamson

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Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Master of Arts

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Faculty of Arts