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Blue Rhythm FantasyBig Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era$
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John Wriggle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040405

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.001.0001

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Theory and Practice

Theory and Practice

The Fundamentals

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Blue Rhythm Fantasy

John Wriggle

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the professional experience, education, and training for Swing Era arrangers. It notes the dearth of scholarly work on the “theory and practice” of the arranging discipline, which can be attributed to several factors the chapter elaborates in more depth. And, in the absence of more extensive explanations from arrangers themselves, this chapter reveals recorded performances and surviving manuscript music which offer documentation of period arranging strategies. Despite the staggering quantity of music published during this period—the Swing Era has been described as the music industry's answer to American mass production—contemporary print sources outlining arranging technique are relatively few. Nevertheless, these publications intended as prescriptive texts offer some pertinent descriptions of universal practices. Drawing from these sources, this chapter outlines some of the most common techniques familiar to arrangers of the 1930s and early 1940s.

Keywords:   music education, arranging experience, music training, musical arranging, arranging technique, arranging practices, arranging discipline

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