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Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Riesenschritte : for trombone, pianoforte, contrabass and percussion / Andrián Pertout.

by Andrián Pertout (2008)

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  • Instrumentation: Trombone, piano, double bass, percussion.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Barrie Webb, Michael Kieran Harvey, Anita Hustas, Peter Neville from the CD Rishis and saints


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Riesenschritte for alto saxophone and pianoforte was commissioned by American saxophonist Noah Getz and represents a contemporary interpretation of John Coltrane's seminal work Giant Steps - the title track of the album 'Giant Steps', and a benchmark for most saxophonists. Giant Steps was recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, USA on May 5, 1959, and released on Atlantic Records in January, 1960. This particular recording features John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Tommy Flanagan (pianoforte) and Paul Chambers (contrabass). Coltrane was the "most influential and controversial tenor saxophonist in modern jazz", and the Coltrane changes (a strategy of chord substitution utilized in the composition based on the augmented cycle (CMaj7 [Bbm7, Eb7], Ab [F#m7, B7], and E [Dm7, G7]) "created a harmonic revolution", and became a substitute pattern applicable to any standard jazz chord progression. In 'The Jazz Theory Book Mark' Levine points out that "although Giant Steps is a very challenging tune, its 26 chords (10 key changes equal to 11 tonal centres) are just V-I and II-V-I progressions in only three keys: B, G, and Eb."

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 4 performance parts (33p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging

Duration: 8 mins, 42 sec.

Commission info: This version arranged for Barrie Webb, Michael Kieran Harvey, Anita Hustas and Peter Neville

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
John Coltrane's album Giant Steps ; Jazz.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Apr 09.

Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Melbourne Composers' League

- Resonate Article: Living Breath, Juxtapositional Flow and Emergent Spirit

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