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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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Fancy Chamber Music

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Carla Bley

Amy C. Beal

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses Bley's Fancy Chamber Music (1998). Though many of Bley's non-big-band compositions are chamber music of some kind, since the mid-1980s, she has occasionally worked in a category she calls “Fancy Chamber Music.” Compositions in this category consist of fully notated pieces for nonimprovising musicians. In 1996, Bley released the record Fancy Chamber Music, which includes six works played by an octet. As she does with all the musical styles she embraces within her compositions and arrangements, Bley engages the European classical tradition fully. Yet she complicates her musical relationship to that tradition through humor, allusion, and recontextualization. Nevertheless, she has studied the European classical canon with great discipline.

Keywords:   Fancy Chamber Music, chamber music, European classical tradition

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