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Le Jazz

Satz für Orchester und 3 Singstimmen (ABarB)
Bohuslav Martinů’s orchestral piece Le Jazz radiates the charm of dixieland jazz. It is a typical example from Martinů’s jazz phase in the late 1920s. The constantly repeated, syncopated melody is paraphrased in jazz idiom, the banjo accompaniment creates a rhythmic drive and the flair of the South. A humorous element of surprise is the sudden joining of the singing voices with jazz vocalizations.
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Alongside the Jazz Suite and many of his ballet compositions, the humorous orchestral piece Le Jazz is an example of Bohuslav Martinů’s preoccupation with American light music, which he encountered during his time in Paris between 1923 and 1940 and which inspired him to experiment with his own compositions within this field. Martinů wrote Le Jazz in friendly competition as his own version of the popular jazz pieces composed by his compatriot, Jaroslav Ježek, who was then studying in Paris.

The continuously repeated syncopated melody is ornamented in jazz style with the banjo accompaniment providing rhythmic drive and a flavour of the southern states. The sudden entry of singers performing a jazz vocalise is a cheeky surprise element.

Le Jazz remained unperformed for 34 years until its first radio performance broadcast from Brno in 1962. Since then, the work has found its place in the concert repertoire and continues to be enthusiastically received by both audiences and performers.

Orchestral Cast

1 · 0 · 2 · 2 Altsax. · Tenorsax. · 0 - 0 · 2 · 2 · 0 - P. S. (Beck. · kl. Tr. · gr. Tr. · Legno) (2 Spieler) - Banjo · Klav. - Str. - 3 Singstimmen (ABarB) ohne Text

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Le Jazz
Satz für Orchester und 3 Singstimmen (ABarB)
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
H 168
5 ′
World Premiere:
~1962 · Brno (CZ)

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Product number:
LP 2871-01
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