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Epitaph (Complete - Full Score)

By Charles Mingus

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Jazz Ensemble - Grade 4
Composed by Charles Mingus. Jazz Publications. 20th Century, American, Jazz. 357 pages. Published by Jazz Workshop, Inc. (HL.7011489).

Item Number: HL.7011489

ISBN 9781423449652. 11x17 inches.

Epitaph, written for a 31-piece ensemble, was the masterwork of composer/bassist Charles Mingus. The extended suite is comprised of multiple movements reflecting a wealth of compositional styles (not just jazz) that demonstrate Mingus' invaluable contribution to 20th-century American music. Since its last performance 15 years ago, additional movements have been discovered that were originally intended to be a part of the work. This unique 500-page score includes these “missing movements” along with historical and program notes. Prepared and edited under the guidance of Gunther Schuller and Sue Mingus, it provides a monumental resource for study and analysis. The first jazz composition of such magnitude ever to be published, it is presented in this edition as he left it: a summary work, a portrait for all time of his life in music. “I wrote it for my tombstone.” - Charles Mingus.

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