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Playing across a DivideIsraeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters$
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Benjamin Brinner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395945.001.0001

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Bustan Abraham's Approaches to Composition and Improvisation

Bustan Abraham's Approaches to Composition and Improvisation

(p.265) 10 Bustan Abraham's Approaches to Composition and Improvisation
Playing across a Divide

Benjamin Brinner

Oxford University Press

An analysis of Bustan's work is offered in this chapter which is based on their recordings, but informed by observation of performances and conversations with band members. The author begins with general remarks on approaches to composition and arrangement, then focuses on how the compositions and arrangements enabled improvisation. This leads to analysis of featured improvisations in relationship to their ensemble contexts. Bustan Abraham's compositions were notable for their number, extent, variety, and quality. The general outline of a piece with its specific progressions constituted the composition while some of the details of who played what were matters of arrangement that might enhance the piece but not alter its basic identity.

Keywords:   Bustan, recording, performances, composition, quality

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