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Tuesday September 27, A complete transcription of Brad Mehldau’s record, Elegiac Cycle, has been released in France. Philippe André has transcribed. : Elegiac Cycle Brad Mehldau Transcription et Analyse P. Andre ( ) by Mehldau Brad and a great selection of similar New, Used. Results 1 – 6 of 6 Elegiac Cycle Brad Mehldau Transcription et Analyse P. Andre by Mehldau Brad and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles.

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This is the first scrolling score he made of my music, and since then, he has made one for the scores of two more recent efforts of mine: Philippe Andre is the musician who made this transcription, and it was really fun to view that. Live in Marciac is your third solo recording.

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Tell us how it compares to your two previous solo recordings, Elegiac Cycle and Live in Tokyoboth personally and musically. Used by permission, reproduction forbidden. His blend of jazz and classical styles, the American Songbook, unique covers of pop tunes and originals all seamlessly blend into a fulfilling and varied musical experience.

For instance, if I play something that goes much longer than I originally intended, I will skip something else. That can be exciting and rewarding. Virtuosic pianist Brad Melhdau first made his mark in the jazz world in with his debut recording Introducing Brad Mehldau and then in the classical arena in with his release Love Sublime with vocalist Renee Fleming. Analysis frequently forms part of any contemporary university course in music.

And what variety we find: I draw on a lot of classical music, pop and rock music, music from Brazil, and other stuff. Of course, one could simply enjoy playing, or attempting to play, the transcriptions.


It is the most related to where I am now as a solo player. How do select what pop song to cover? Bra it will come in the form of themes that reappear in the different tunes I’m playing, or harmonic devices, or rhythmic motifs. But for me, it is in Brad’s solo works and performances where you really get a chance to experience the breadth of what this talented artist is all about. The transcriptions are given in full notation, on mehlvau staves, with no chord symbols.

Elegiac Cycle. Brad Mehldau.

When you get some creative guys like Craig, you can put elegiacc technology to use, it can be in the service of what you’re expressing. One of the highlights featured on Live in Marciac is the performance of your original composition “Resignation. I listen to it for pleasure and enjoyment, and then a lot of it filters out in my playing.

Tell us about the concept behind eleviac music scroll? Mehldau is a dazzling and brilliant player who maintains one of the finest trios in all of jazz. Today, the predominance of the Schenkerian approach, and its use as a sort of senior common-room badge of withitry, is in decline. When jazz musicians improvise in a group setting, they are often following some sort of schema – often it’s variations on the initial theme of whatever they are playing.

With classical music, there’s a written canon there – you can study those scores. The fact that many types of analysis exist gives us the hint that no single analytical process prevails, though by the s Schenkerian Analysis had become one of the main methods taught by progressive North American music colleges and university music departments. Sometimes you find that and sometimes you don’t; sometimes you find it with no preparation or context at all and those moments are always great for me.


Commentary is printed in the form of a parallel text, French and English, more than fifty pages altogether. Brad becomes Bard, and by similar processes – of mirroring, stretching, contracting, ordering, etc.

There’s probably some sort of harkening back to childhood going on in my performance.

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The challenge there though is to make something with integrity – something that has a story to tell. The conceptual unity of Elegiac Cycle is described as being ‘distilled in the themes of different tracks. Can you describe how you negotiate between the two styles in your playing? All musical analysis lies between description and prescription. Craig Anderson designed the music scroll and I’m very excited about it. Here it refers to a musical anagram, a play on the letters of Mehldau’s first name.

But there are also great things that have come out of the newer technology, and there was this opportunity to see and hear my music in a different way.

Throughout your career you have put your own spin on pop songs written by artists such as Elliott Smith, The Beatles, Nick Drake, Radiohead, James Taylor and many others. Particularly favoured during the last fifty years is the technique developed by the Austrian Heinrich Schenker No CD is provided, but Mehldau’s recordings are widely available.

Ultimately I think of myself as an improvising jazz musician at the end of the day, and one of my talents I guess is assimilating all of that written stuff and making it part of what I do.