Behind the Music with Louis Rosen — Ellington and Shakespeare: Such Sweet Thunder - 92nd Street Y - New York, NY

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Behind the Music with Louis Rosen — Ellington and Shakespeare: Such Sweet Thunder

The last hit song that Duke Ellington wrote was “Satin Doll” in 1953 (in collaboration with Billy Strayhorn and lyricist Johnny Mercer), but many of his greatest compositions were still to come.

We continue our lecture series on Ellington’s music by exploring highlights from the remarkable body of concert pieces for jazz orchestra that he composed in the 1950s and ‘60s. These works, usually composed in some form of collaboration with Billy Strayhorn, reveal Ellington’s ever-expanding musical reach and vision, and are, without question, a high-water mark in the history of jazz composition, influencing jazz and non-jazz composers alike to this day. First up: Such Sweet Thunder from 1957, the terrifically imaginative Ellington/Strayhorn exploration of favorite characters and themes of William Shakespeare.

Instructor

Louis Rosen

Louis Rosen is a composer, lyricist, author, performer and teacher. Albums of his songs include his solo debut, Time Was; three CDs with Capathia Jenkins: The Ache of Possibility; One Ounce of Truth (The Nikki Giovanni Songs); South Side Stories, and the forthcoming Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes. Musical Theater: Book of the Night; A Child’s Garden; and most recently, an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Select ...