The improvisatory language of Michael Brecker as seen through an analysis and comparison of eight improvised solos
Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
First Committee Member
Gary Keller, Committee Chair
Eight Michael Brecker solos were transcribed and analyzed over four compositions, two solos per composition, in an effort to better understand and categorize his improvisatory language. Seven generative categories of material were found, including digital patterns, triads, seventh chords, chord/scale concept, sequenced patterns, chromaticism and fully altered dominant theory. Each pair of solos was compared side by side to examine similarities and differences between them. It was predicted that Brecker's improvisations could be analyzed in terms of these generative categories despite superficial differences in performance variables. It was concluded that Brecker's consistent application of his unified improvisational concept remained intact despite different variables in performance environment, acoustic medium, band personnel, tempo, and date of recording. This pertinent data can be used to better understand the nature of improvisation.
Kuebler, Tyler K., "The improvisatory language of Michael Brecker as seen through an analysis and comparison of eight improvised solos" (2005). Dissertations from ProQuest. 2205.