- Tapa blanda: 72 páginas
- Editor: Hal Léonard (1 de enero de 2000)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0793531527
- ISBN-13: 978-0793531523
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
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The Harmony of Bill Evans Clavier (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 ene 2000
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(Keyboard Instruction). Bill Evans, the pianist, is a towering figure acknowledged by the jazz world, fans, musicians and critics. However Bill Evans, the composer, has yet to take his place alongside the great masters of composition. Therein lies the sole purpose of this book. A compilation of articles now revised and expanded that originally appeared in the quarterly newsletter Letter from Evans , this unique folio features extensive analysis of Evans' work. Pieces examined include: B Minor Waltz * Funny Man * How Deep Is the Ocean * I Fall in Love Too Easily * I Should Care * Peri's Scope * Time Remembered * and Twelve Tone Tune. Author Jack Reilly is a pianist, composer and educator in both the jazz and classical genres. He has chaired the Jazz Studies departments of the New England Conservatory of Music, Mannes College of Music, and The New School. He is presently Jazz Piano Professor at Rowan College in New Jersey.
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The CD version of this piece really swings. I transcribed the piece from this book into Sibelius 7 and practiced it; and it sounds pretty close from the book but just a little academic. I tried a couple other pieces and had more of the same impression, not written with the delicate and lively harmonic style of the Evans sound. I was satisfied with "Walkin' Up" - the purpose of my purchase.
Contents of the book:
217 Bill Evans
19 Arrangements For Solo Piano by Andy La Verne - Hal Leonard
Show-type Tune (Tune For A Lyric) F Major
Time Remembered C Major
Very Early C Major
Waltz For Debby F Major
Laurie Bb Major
Peri's Scope C Major
Turn Out The Stars A Minor
One For Helen C Minor
Your Story G Major
My Bells B Major
Bill's Hit Tune C Minor
Letter To Evan C Major
Orbit G Minor
Children's Play Song C Major
Only Child Bb Major
Peace Piece C Major
Walkin' Up C Major
For Nenette C Major
Re: Person I Knew C Major
Peri's Scope-Harmonic Analysis (includes Evans' intensive regimen for learning new songs)
Peri's Scope-Thematic Analysis (good discussion of developing a musical theme)
Times Remembered-Harmonic Analysis
Times Remembered-Modal Analysis
Times Remembered-Intervalic Analysis
"Funny Man" and "I Should Care" (lots of practical discussion of reharmonization techniques
I Fall in Love Too Easily (more reharmonization)
Twelve Tone Tune (probably of more academic than practical interest)
How Deep is the Ocean (advanced reharmonization)
B Minor Waltz (more advanced reharmonization)
For instant gratification, the book provides a rigorous method for learning new songs. For reassurance, it reminds the reader of how much Bill Evans worked on songs before they were "battle ready" and how long the author took to work out fingerings to one Evans song (eight months). It is amazing that jazz musicians have any time to perform at all, given all the techniques they have to learn. For future reference, the book constantly trumpets the virtue of Arnold Schoenberg's 1911 Theory of Harmony, the influence of which is pointed out periodically in Evans' work.
The book presents articles in a fairly logical order of increasing difficulty. It is presented in a fashion easily understandable to me, who knows a good deal of theory, but has no degree in music.
The bad news is, this book will not have an instant and noticeable effect on your piano playing. The good news is, this book is by a highly skilled, true blue Evans fan, who provides enough material to keep most musicians of above-average skill very busy for a long time. Plus, with careful reading and intensive practice, the book should eventually move the dedicated Evans fan a few steps closer to understanding how to play a bit more like him.
I may be a little hard giving this bargain of a music book only four stars. Except for the author's "groupie" tone, the lack of instant magic for my piano playing, and lack of chapters on my favorite tunes, this book would rate five stars from me. It definitely gets my recommendation for people seeking what it offers.
Laverne succeeds on all three counts. It's silly to criticize inauthentic arrangements when there are no Evans solo recordings to transcribe. The Hal Leonard transcriptions are trio arrangements that can't be played solo without substantial tweaking. The arrangements are melody lines played once through. Laverne freely states in the preface that the arrangements are simplified (I'm no great sight reader, but did not find them daunting), so the book cannot be faulted for being misleading. "Simplified" does not mean,"John Brimhall First Grade" arrangements; there are some very dense chords in places. As for techniques to study, the ones I can name off the top of my head include: upper structures, slash chords, polychords, Drop 2 voicing and cluster chords. You could teach several classes from what Laverne left IN the arrangements.
For those with intermediate piano skills that want to study Bill Evans' techniques in a fun way (as opposed to transcribing), this is a great place to start. Those with more time and ambition can combine these arrangements with the Leonard books, do their own transcriptions, or add their own improvisations. Until I find that time, this book will do nicely.