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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Here it refers to a musical anagram, a play on the letters of Mehldau’s first name. Ultimately I think of myself as an improvising jazz musician at the end of the day, and one of mehldak talents I guess is assimilating all of that written stuff and making it part of what I do. In all that, as I’m going along, there is some sort of abstract narrative that presents itself in a concert – I don’t know how else to put it.

Tell us about the concept behind the music scroll? How do select what pop song to cover? The challenge there though is to make something with integrity – something that has a story to tell.

Elegiac Cycle. Brad Mehldau.

His blend of jazz and classical styles, the American Songbook, mehlfau covers of pop tunes and originals all seamlessly blend into a fulfilling and varied musical experience. Analysis frequently forms part of any contemporary university course in music. Few jazz educators value the types of analysis favoured by the establishment. Of course, one could simply enjoy playing, or attempting to play, the transcriptions.

Interview With Brad Mehldau on the Art of Solo Piano

Particularly favoured during the last fifty years is the technique developed by the Austrian Heinrich Schenker The conceptual unity of Elegiac Cycle is described as being ‘distilled in the themes of different tracks. Craig Anderson designed the music scroll and I’m very excited about it. Today, the predominance of the Schenkerian approach, and its use as a sort of senior common-room badge of withitry, is in decline. Used by permission, reproduction forbidden. How do you approach selecting material to perform in a solo context?


The challenge and the thrill are one and the same – there is no net; there is absolute freedom. The group’s ongoing series of recordings which started in and aptly titled The Art of the Trio is an impressive body of work that is still evolving and has become the benchmark of excellence for any working jazz group.

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: One could write a substantial thesis about published jazz transcriptions, to consider their use and misuse, their history, the writing of them, and the quality of what is published and available, the good, the bad and the inaccurate.

The pieces are all constructed on the basis of two very short melodic motifs. The transcriptions are given in full notation, on two staves, with no chord symbols. 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.

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.

I had the idea of maybe presenting it in a scrolling format, as something that musicians, amateur or professional, might find interesting. And what variety we find: With classical music, there’s a written canon there – you can study those scores. His breathtaking command of his instrument is undeniable. I have interviewed Brad many times over the years but this is the first time we focus exclusively on his approach to his solo work.

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.


Each solo record has been kind of a turning point for me – an end of one thing, and a beginning of something else. When you are playing solo, you don’t have to correspond to what someone else is doing. When you get some creative guys like Craig, you can put that elehiac to use, it can be in the service of what you’re expressing.

Sometimes it will come in the form of themes that reappear in the different tunes I’m playing, or harmonic devices, or rhythmic motifs. Updated and maintained by: But I was going out for an encore and thought of it at the last moment, and it turned out to be for me anyways, one of the more compelling performances in the set – it had that story to it; it just kind of unfolded.

One fun surprise of this concert was “My Favorite Things. I draw on a lot of classical music, pop and rock music, music from Brazil, and other stuff.

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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 transcruption they are playing.

I only play songs I love – whether it’s those ones you mention or Cole Porter or whoever. To consider jazz from any analytical perspective requires one to work from a transcription, a good transcription in itself being an analytical statement. There’s probably some sort of harkening back to childhood trannscription on in my performance.

Brad becomes Bard, and by similar processes – of mirroring, stretching, contracting, ordering, etc.