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Black And Tan Fantasy

By Duke Ellington

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Brass Trio - Advanced - Digital Download
By Duke Ellington. Arranged by Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale. Score, Set of Parts. 9 pages. Published by Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale (H0.606313-SC000010614).

Item Number: H0.606313-SC000010614

Co-written in 1927 with his trumpet specialist of the time, "Bubber" Miley, "Black and Tan Fantasy" would become one of Duke Ellington's most popular tunes, one that would be associated with him throughout his lengthy career.

"The Duke" was fascinated by the distinctive textures of individual instruments and would  contrast them, but he was more interested in finding tones that would blend to form new, holistic effects. "Black and Tan Fantasy" illustrates this technique magnificently: a growling trumpet expands upon the main theme before a secondary – more ethereal – theme is stated. Dissonant piano interludes are followed by muted trombone ruminations before a conclusion that quotes liberally from Chopin's "Funeral March." The diversity of multiple voices wailing, growling or praying while each expresses a fullness of heart and heaviness of mind is what gives the piece its beauty. By using African-American blues-based expressions to hint at the unsettled state of the human soul, the Duke’s orchestra paints a “Black and Tan” fantasy.

Lot of opportunity to show off players with mutes and blues solos

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