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Hello all!

I have some school music assessment coming up. This is related to Programmatic music - that is music that describes things and emotions. Anyway, I really want to do a Jazz piece. THis is my final performance assessment at school and I want it to play to my strenghts.

Anyway, so far I have two pieces that I could perform.

-Maiden Voyage - it really has a nautical theme
-Any part of A Love Supreme - I don't think I am ready to perform this though. It wouldn't feel right.

Are there any other bits of jazz that have a "theme" or any programmatic elements? Can I have some suggestions please?

Thanks! :mrgreen:
 

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I think most jazz is absolute, but if it can "feel" like an emotion and not try to explicitly portray it then you could try some free jazz stuff if you're up for it. "Emotion" is something the player brings to the music, but I find a lot of free jazz to be incredibly emotional. Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" is a good example; Ornette really conveys the feeling of loneliness well. That's not to say free jazz in particular tries to be programmatic. As I said, I think pretty much all jazz is absolute music.
 
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