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The 75th Season of Concerts 2016–2017
Marcolivia (violin/viola duo)

February 1 at 12:10
West Building Lecture Hall

From Bartok to Bebop 

Bebop, Klezmer, the music of Bartok and Takemitsu have much in common, despite their clear diversity:  all were influenced by jazz music. Bebop was born out of the difficulties faced by jazz musicians during World War 2: as musicians went overseas to fight, the surge in smaller ensembles led to this innovative style.  When Yiddish musicians arrived to the States from Eastern Europe, they were strongly influenced by jazz and assimilated the style in their Klezmer compositions. Bartok drew inspiration from jazz when he fled to the States, clearly demonstrated in Contrasts, which he wrote for Benny Goodman. Takemitsu grew up listening to his father's jazz records every night.  He acknowledged a great debt to Duke Ellington in particular, and asserted that the two greatest influences on his work were Japanese music and jazz.

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