Title page for ETD etd-0712102-092659

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pinson, Heather Koren
URN etd-0712102-092659
Title Aspects of Jazz and Classical Music in David N. Baker's Ethnic Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Degree Master of Music (M.M.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Andreas Giger Committee Chair
Alison Mcfarland Committee Member
Willis Delony Committee Member
  • Baker
  • Paganini
  • jazz
  • third stream
Date of Defense 2002-07-07
Availability unrestricted
David Baker's Ethnic Variations on a Theme of Paganini (1976) for violin and piano bring together stylistic elements of jazz and classical music, a synthesis for which Gunther Schuller in 1957 coined the term "third stream." In regard to classical aspects, Baker's work is modeled on Nicolo Paganini's Twenty-fourth Caprice for Solo Violin, itself a theme and variations. From Paganini,it borrows aspects of melody, harmony, and articulation, not only of the theme but also the variations. In regard to jazz, Baker transforms most variations (including the theme, which in comparison to Paganini's is already a variation) into distinct styles related to jazz, including spiritual, blues, swing, bebop, funk, and calypso. He alludes to these styles by imitating their melodic characteristics, rhythmic patterns, and harmonies.
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