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Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Walter van de Leur


This book investigates and analyzes the music of Billy Strayhorn. Over seventy musical examples, drawn from his original autograph scores, provide insight in the development of his style, in his advanced harmonic language and in his orchestral technique. The book traces the origins of Strayhorn’s music, rooted in European and American idioms, and uncovers hitherto unknown works which cast a new light on his development as a jazz composer and orchestrator. It addresses the mythical, thirty-year partnership of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. Through research on their autograph scores, it red ... More

Keywords: Duke Ellington, jazz, jazz composer, jazz orchestrator, musical collaboration, autograph scores, arrangements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195124484
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter van de Leur, author
An independent jazz researcher, currently working for the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Dutch Jazz Archives.