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A Closer Look: The Art of Pete Fountain’s Clarinet Language and Techniques

Abstract This project uses fourteen transcriptions of Pete Fountain’s solos as examples to

demonstrate traditional jazz clarinet techniques and language in terms of motives,

patterns, and a variety of articulations. This project also includes guidelines on how to

practice jazz improvisation as well as how to apply Fountain’s techniques and jazz

language to one’s own improvisation. Though there are countless musicians who have

made remarkable contributions to the development of the jazz language, Pete Fountain’s

unique style is particularly worthy of study due to his massive media presence, effortless

playing techniques, unique tone quality, and showmanship throughout his career.
Created Date 2019
Contributor Wu, Shengwen (Author) / Spring, Robert (Advisor) / Gardner, Joshua (Advisor) / Carpenter, Ellon (Committee member) / Kocour, Michael (Committee member) / DeMaris, Brian (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Performing arts / Clarinet / Improvisation / Jazz / Pete Fountain / Transcription
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 143 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Music 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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