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The drummer/composer Tony Williams : an analysis of selected solo drumset improvisations

Author: Terry Lynn Vermillion
Publisher: 1999.
Dissertation: D.A. University of Northern Colorado 1999
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English

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Named Person: Tony Williams
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Terry Lynn Vermillion
OCLC Number: 42369885
Description: ix, 227 leaves : illustrations, music ; 28 cm
Responsibility: Terry Lynn Vermillion.

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by tvermillion (WorldCat user on 2006-10-04)

CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION Need for the Study Purpose of the Study Scope of the Study Organization of the Study II. REVIEW OF LITERATURE III. METHODOLOGY Method of Investigation Method of Analysis Analysis Model IV. TONY WILLIAMS - THE DRUMMER/COMPOSER: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Early Development The 1960’s Avant Garde Miles Davis The Tony Williams Lifetime Formalized Study of Composition Williams’ Return as a Leader 1992-1997 Summary V. ANALYSIS OF SOLO DRUMSET IMPROVISATIONS Compositional Analysis Variation Techniques Motivic Elements Formulaic Elements Structural Analysis Phraseology Periodicity Textural Contrasts Rhythmic Analysis Rhythmic Cadence Metric Modulation Metric Superimposition VI. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPGY APPENDIX A: EXPLANATION OF NOTATION APPENDIX B: TRANSCRIPTIONS APPENDIX C: SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY OF TONY WILLIAMS APPENDIX D: SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY OF SOLO DRUMSET IMPROVISATIONS APPENDIX E: INTERVIEW--DR. ROBERT GREENBERG APPENDIX F: LETTERS OF PERMISSION


by tvermillion (WorldCat user on 2006-10-04)

An analysis of improvisations by the late and great Tony Williams. Mr. Williams studied composition for at least 15 years and his studies molded the approach he took to improvisation at the drumset. This dissertation contains biographical info and nine transcriptions with analysis that highlight many standard compositional practices within Mr. Williams' improvisational style. The book also contains a selected discography of recording projects with Mr. Williams as a leader, an interview with his composition teacher, a bibliography of articles, books, and references to Tony Williams, and a discography of selected solo drumset improvisations by other musicians. I have been using these transcriptions with my students in recital and they provide a unique insight into one of the finest improvising composers of our time. Future plans are for a transcription book of solo drumset improvisations from Mr. Willams and others that are suitable for the recital hall.


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