Re-composition #5 – My Man’s Gone Now C

This post is a continuation of the previous one. It finishes the comparative analysis of the melody and rhythms in My Man's Gone Now. Theme C1 Gil changes the rhythm of the rising 'Ah' figure, and the target of the figure has been placed off the beat. Gil also adds a slight twist in the … Continue reading Re-composition #5 – My Man’s Gone Now C

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Re-composition #5 – My Man’s Gone Now A

Over the next few posts I will be comparing Gerswhin's original aria from Porgy and Bess with Gil Evans' arrangement. This post will focus on general observations and form. General Observations - Being an opera, the original has a voice as its lead (in this case a solo soprano). Miles takes the part of the … Continue reading Re-composition #5 – My Man’s Gone Now A

Re-composition #3 – Concierto de Aranjuez B

This post is a continuation of an analysis of Concierto de Aranjuez. Be sure to read the first post if you haven't already, the basic differences in the arrangement are discussed there. Rodrigo's original from figure B The Cor Anglais returns as the strings and Guitar supply the accompaniment. The Guitar provides the forward momentum … Continue reading Re-composition #3 – Concierto de Aranjuez B

Re-composition #1 – Will O’ the Wisp

Gil Evan's was well known for his ability to take fragments of melody or harmony and make an entirely new piece from them. Some of his arrangements became so different from their original that the term re-composition becomes more appropriate. Whilst Will O' the Wisp from Sketches of Spain is quite recognizable from the original piece … Continue reading Re-composition #1 – Will O’ the Wisp