DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, RHODES COLLEGE
The Choral Music of Dave Brubeck: Yes, That Dave Brubeck!
Dave Brubeck is an American jazz icon, named a Living Legend by the United States Library of Congress. He received an abundance of awards in his lifetime, including the President’s award for the Arts from Barack Obama. What is far less known is that he was also a prolific composer of choral and choral—orchestral music worthy of dissemination and performance. The influences in his choral music include jazz elements as expected, but his primary compositional training under Darius Milhaud, making his choral music a fusion of jazz and contemporary, “classical” elements. These blend into a composite, unique musical statement that, when coupled with his important choice of text(s), speak profoundly to musicians and audiences. This session will introduce Dave’s choral works, discussing their essential musical and stylistic traits. Some excerpts will be demonstrated and discussed. This session is being presented as part of an international Brubeck Centennial year, celebrating the 100 th anniversary of his birth in 1920.