Ebony Concerto. (). by Igor Stravinsky. Description: clarinet and big band; Duration: 8; Genres: Big Band, Solo Instruments with Orchestra; Instrumentation. 24 May Igor Stravinsky wrote the “Ebony Concerto” in for the Woody only with the Ebony Concerto that Stravinsky incorporated jazz on a far. Ebony Concerto (). Listen. play button. Work Notes. Published by Edwin Morris & Co / Warner Chappell worldwide except for the United Kingdom, Ireland, .

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Views Read Edit View history. Stravinsky’s original plan was to include an oboe as well, but this instrument did not survive into the final version of the score. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Igor Stravinsky is one of the greatest and most representative figures in modern-day music. First, it employs this form as a finale. Hefti had not, but pretended he had done, and embellished his story by claiming, “I played him the records [of the Herman band], and he thinks they’re great. The FirebirdPetrushkaand The Rite of Springthe last of which is legendary for causing a riot at its premiere.

Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window. Herman found the solo part frighteningly difficult, and did not feel that Stravinsky had really adapted his writing to the jazz-band idiom. Stravinsky withdrew from the agreement until his lawyer, Aaron Sapiro, convinced him that no offense had been intended. Although traces of jazz elements, especially blues and boogie-woogiecan be found in his music throughout the s and s, it was only with the Ebony Concerto that Stravinsky once again incorporated features of jazz into a composition on a far-reaching scale.


It was introduced by that orchestra in a memorable concerto at Carnegie Hall, New York, on March 25,to the acclaim of public and critics alike.

Ebony Concerto by Igor Stravinsky

Stravinsky and Craft In it, he distilled American jazz through his own compositional lens. So much has been written about him in print that the Internet hardly does him justice.

On 19 Augustthe day after performing the piece together on a ebonny Workshop” national broadcast, Herman and Stravinsky recorded the concerto in Hollywood, California. Wikipedia articles needing clarification from October The score untouched since its first edition in has this to say about its origin and inspiration:. And blues meant African culture to me. This page was last edited on 29 Septemberat In the s he largely abandoned his primitivist tendencies and began writing consciously Neoclassical music, which at first baffled his contemporaries, although not as much as his turn to serialism in the s.

The interpretations on these recordings have now become standard. The tunes mentioned in the program notes give great context to what inspired Stravinsky. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The horn and harp were additions to the normal make-up of the Herman band. The score untouched since its first edition in has this to say about its origin ebont inspiration: He expected the durations of the three movements to be just two-and-a-half, two, and three minutes.

On November 4,while still in the midst of composing the concerto, Stravinsky wrote a letter to Nadia Boulanger describing his progress as well as plans to make a recording with the Herman band in February He died an American citizen, having moved to California in The finale is a theme and variations with a coda.


Igor Stravinsky

His reputation endures today, with hundreds if not thousands of performances of his works happening every year. Regardless, Stravinsky did possess enough affinity for jazz that he did not hesitate in completing the project. Amongst Stravinsky’s compositions using variation form, the concerto is unusual for several reasons. Symphonietta by Willem van Otterloo.

Hefti and his trumpeter colleague, Pete Candoliwere both great fans of Stravinsky’s music, so after Hefti returned to the band after six months spent in California working in the film industry, Candoli wanted to know if he had met the great man. A typical performance lasts about eleven minutes. In truth, this origin story is somewhat romanticized.

Igor Stravinsky – Ebony Concerto

The score of the first two movements was delivered to Herman on November 22,and the finale followed on December Once having accepted the commission, Stravinsky decided to create a jazz-based version of a concerto grossowith a blues as the slow movement. Instead, he “wrote pure Stravinsky”, and the band did not feel at all comfortable with the score initially. The Rite especially was a model of neo-primitivismin which Stravinsky used very small cells of notes to create orchestral textures that often featured intense, driving rhythms.

Stravinsky’s engagement with jazz dates back to the closing years of the First World War, the major jazz-inspired works of that period being L’histoire du soldatthe Ragtime for eleven instruments, and the Piano-Rag-Music.