Compositional Elements in the Music of Ken Schaphorst: A Detailed Analysis of Four Works for Jazz Ensemble
by Robert Sears
This dissertation highlights the compositional elements found in four original compositions by Ken Schaphorst: Jobim, Uprising, Mbira 2, and How to Say Goodbye. Detailed analysis sheds light on extensive motivic and thematic development, the interpretation of sonata form in big band jazz composition, the mechanics of creating extended solo features, effective groove changes that aid development, unique voicings and instrument pairing choices, and other innovative musical devices. This research aims to prove informative and useful for both the aspiring and seasoned composer and arranger. It will be made accessible on both IDEALS and ProQuest in the near future.
Audio excerpts are divided by chapters in the following links below. 
 
Chapter 2 Audio Excerpts - The Art of  Development and the Power of Simplicity
Chapter 3 Audio Excerpts Timing is Everything: Sonata Form and Effective Groove Changes 
Chapter 4 Audio Excerpts - How to Co-exist: An Extended Solo Feature and Ensemble Partnership
Chapter 5 Audio Excerpts - The Schaphorst Sound: Voicings and Other Musical Devices
Please let me know if you have any difficulty accessing them. 
 
Improvisation in the Second Movement of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto 
by Robert Sears
This essay expresses my belief that classical era performance practice advocates for embellishments and improvisation in the second movement of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major.
Guiding principles for appropriate classical era embellishments are gleaned from an analysis of Mvt II. Andante un poco adagio from Mozart’s Piano Sonate in C, K. 309 composed in 1777. 
A transcription of Gerard Scharwz's embellishments of Mvt. II Andante from Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major is also analyzed. 
 
Thoughts and comments gladly welcomed. Happy reading!  
Full Essay: Click Here
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