gil evans study scores project

the troubadour (thornhill version and apollo/1959 version) - study scores

The Troubadour (Thornhill Version AND Apollo/1959 Version) - Study Scores

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what you get

  • TWO Study Scores (both versions) of “The Troubadour” in PDF format via immediate download
  • A video in which Ryan Truesdell discusses the history of the charts and the story behind their rediscovery
  • A streaming audio analysis of the arrangements
  • A scan of a page from the original manuscript in Gil's own hand (downloadable PDF format)
  • A streaming audio example of the arrangement
  • TWO bonus, streaming audio lessons where Ryan discusses the early developments in Gil's writing from the beginning through the albums with Miles Davis (including a downloadable PDF with score examples)
   This project was completed on 9/6/2013    read more

“The Troubadour” is Gil’s arrangement of one of the movements (“Il vecchio castello” or “The Old Castle”) of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” It was originally written for and recorded by the Claude Thornhill Orchestra in 1947. In 1959, for a concert that Gil and his orchestra did at the Apollo Theater in New York City, Gil re-orchestrated and adapted this arrangement to fit a smaller instrumentation. It is a brilliant arrangement, and shows Gil’s unique ability to take someone else’s melody and adapt it and make it his own. BOTH of Gil’s versions of “The Troubadour” are included in this study score offer to help give you some insight into Gil’s amazing ability to orchestrate, and a behind-the-scenes look at how this master orchestrator re-approached this arrangement twelve years later.

In addition to the study scores, you will also receive a PDF download of a scanned page from Gil's original manuscript. You will also have access to a supplemental video in which I explain the unique history behind my discovery of this "lost" work and a streaming audio show in which I analyze the charts, discussing Gil's use of harmony, orchestration, and more.

I've worked on bringing this music back to life for a very long time, and it I am confident I can provide you with new insights into these previously forgotten masterpieces. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity get your hands on this priceless study score from one of the greatest, most dynamic composer/arrangers in jazz history.