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Amy C. Beal

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036361

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036361.001.0001

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The Lone Arranger

The Lone Arranger

History and Hilarity

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(p.65) 8 The Lone Arranger
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Carla Bley
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Amy C. Beal

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036361.003.0009

This chapter explores Bley's use of humor in her music. Through her long career, Bley has used satire, parody, irony, slapstick, and pure silliness, often to draw attention to the traditional treatment of certain musical and social conventions. Bley's embrace of hilarity by no means indicates music of diminished or superficial quality. On the contrary, her strategic use of humor adds a layer of information that enhances the meaning of the music as a whole. It also frequently intersects with political or politicized themes, especially in her ongoing compositional and orchestration work for Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, which has produced four records with overtly political intentions since 1969.

Keywords:   humor, satire, parody, political themes, Liberation Music Orchestra

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