MUSICAL EXAMPLES FOR MUSICAL CONCEPTS AND TERMINOLOGY

The following lists musical examples on the class web site where examples of specific musical concepts and terms can be found.

The examples listed below came from the recording anthology, the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, originally used for the class (and now, regrettably, out of print). These selections can be found on the various assignments pages, or on a copy of the Smithsonian in the Music Library (CD 1834). In the following lists, the roman numeral refers to the CD disc, the arabic numeral to the track on the disc: e.g., II/1;7 means "CD disc #2, track #17."

atonal (or "outside") backbeat
numerous examples, but see: block chord texture (a subset of homophonic texture)
numerous examples (especially in big-band style), but see: breaks (monophonic texture) chromatic harmony comping
numerous examples, but see: countermelody:

double-time dropping bombs
numerous examples, but see: free rhythm modulation
numerous examples, but see:

monophonic texture: see breaks

obbligato: see countermelody

pedal point

polyphony (polyphonic texture)
numerous examples (especially in New Orleans jazz), but see: riffs
numerous examples, but see: rubato "send-off riffs": stop-time
three beats to the bar: one beat to a bar (or every other bar): timbral variation
numerous examples, but see especially: trading fours vamp (ostinato) variable intonation
numerous examples, but see: walking bass
numerous examples, but see especially: