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waltz/variation on the misery/so long - study score

Waltz/Variation on the Misery/So Long - Study Score

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what you get

  • Study Score for “Waltz/Variation on the Misery/So Long”  in PDF format via immediate download
  • A video in which Ryan Truesdell discusses the history of the chart and the story behind its rediscovery
  • A streaming audio analysis of the chart
  • 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

“Waltz/Variation on the Misery/So Long” is a medley of three original compositions of Gil’s, composed over a wide span of his career. Individually, these tunes were performed and recorded many times by Gil’s band throughout his life, but this is the first time this particular medley has appeared together, for this large instrumentation.

Gil wrote this chart for a concert in Berlin in 1971 with a band that has been coined his “Berlin Dream Band” consisting of mostly German musicians with guests that included Steve Lacy and Leo Wright. The only time this music was performed was this particular concert in November 1971, until the Gil Evans Project recorded it in celebration of Gil’s 100th birthday on our album, CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans. I’m thrilled to be able to offer a study score of this monumental work for everyone to study some of Gil’s later writing, as well as how he handled writing for a band of this size. The instrumentation includes: 10 woodwinds, 9 brass, Piano/Bass/Drums, and 2 percussionists.

In addition to the study score, 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 chart, 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.