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Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble

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Authors: Ken Pullig and Dick Lowell

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Table of Contents

A Note On Range Recommendations
CHAPTER 1: Basic Information
1-1 Transposition Of Instruments
1-2 Instrument Ranges And Sound Characteristics
1-3 Comparison Of Instruments’ Ranges
1-4 Low-Interval Limits
1-5 Special Effects For Wind Instruments
1-6 Reharmonizing Approach Notes
1-7 Chord Scales
1-8 Preparing A Score
1-9 Overview Of An Arrangement
1-10 Exercise
CHAPTER 2 Unison and Octave Writing
2-1 Procedure
2-2 Orchestration And Timbral Effects
2-3 High-Timbre Unison
2-4 Medium-Timbre Unison
2-5 Low-Timbre Unison
2-6 Octave Doubling
2-7 Melodic Subdivision
2-8 Contrapuntal Application
2-9 Exercises
CHAPTER 3 Concerted Writing with Mechanical Voicings
3-1 Procedure
3-2 Coupling The Saxes To The Brass
3-3 Recommended Ranges For Lead Instruments
3-4 4&4 Concerted Writing
3-5 Concerted Writing For 5&5, 7&5, And 8&5
3-6 Dealing With Repeated Notes
3-7 Exercises
CHAPTER 4 Spread Voicings
4-1 Procedure
4-2 Spreads For 4&4 And 5&5
4-3 Tutti Writing Using Spreads
4-4 Exercises
CHAPTER 5 Voicings in Fourths
5-1 Procedure For Voicings In Fourths
5-2 Sample Passages Voiced In Fourths
5-3 Exercises
CHAPTER 6 Upper Structure Triad Voicings
6-1 Procedure
6-2 4&4 Upper Structure Triad Voicings
6-3 5&5 Concerted With Supporting Spreads
6-4 7&5 Reharmonized Melody
6-5 8&5 Dominant Seventh Reharmonization
6-6 Exercises
CHAPTER 7 Voicings in Clusters (Seconds)
7-1 Procedure
7-2 4&4 Using Clusters In Brass Counterpoint
7-3 5&5 Saxophone And Brass Counterpoint
7-4 7&5 Concerted Melody In Clusters
7-5 8&5 Sustained Texture And Counterpoint
7-6 Exercise
CHAPTER 8 Line Writing
8-1 Procedure
8-2 Five-Part Saxophone Soli
8-3 Line Writing In A 5&5 Concerted Passage
8-4 Building From The Bottom For Contrary Motion
8-5 Cascade Effect
8-6 Exercise
CHAPTER 9 Woodwind Doubling and Muted Brass
9-1 Woodwind Doubling
9-2 Muted Brass
9-3 Applications Of Woodwinds And Muted Brass
9-4 Exercise
CHAPTER 10 Soli Writing
10-1 Procedure
10-2 Saxophone Solis
10-3 Brass Solis
10-4 Exercise
CHAPTER 11 Background Writing
11-1 Riff Background
11-2 Backgrounds Based On Guide Tone Lines
11-3 Compositional Approach
11-4 Exercises
CHAPTER 12 Shout Choruses
12-1 Characteristics
12-2 Recommended Listening
12-3 Analysis Of A Shout Chorus
12-4 Exercises
CHAPTER 13 Style (Five Versions of The Birthday Song)
13-1 Early Jazz Style
13-2 Count Basie’s Style
13-3 Duke Ellington’s Style
13-4 Bill Holman’s Style
13-5 Gil Evan’s Style
CHAPTER 14 Analysis of a Complete Arrangement
14-1 Schematic Of The Arrangement
14-2 Lead Sheet
14-3 The Score And Commentary

Learn to create arrangements with texture and style with this complete guide to arranging for large horn sections! Now, for the first time, learn the same jazz ensemble arranging techniques taught by renowned Berklee College of Music faculty, and studied by the best and brightest arrangers working today.

While the book focuses on classic big band and jazz styles, the core information about horn harmony and arranging can be used for any style, from hip-hop to ska. Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble includes all the information you need when creating horn charts, fueling and inspiring you with the charts of esteemed Berklee professors Jeff Friedman, Ted Pease, Scott Free, Greg Hopkins and Bill Scism.

Start arranging your music today!

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