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First Reader

Dr. Robert Kolt

Second Reader

Dr. Patrick Houlihan

Third Reader

Dr. David Caddell


This study is an examination of certain compositional techniques during the Baroque and jazz eras and how there are unexpected similarities throughout. The premise of this argument draws attention to the notion that, although the world has changed, this particular compositional technique has remained relatively unaltered. Given the aesthetic differences between these two compositional styles, the unlikely conclusion is that some aspects of music truly never go away, they simply change procedures.

By examining the emergence of the figured-bass style in the Baroque period and certain notational features in jazz, the evidence will trace the origins of these compositional techniques as exemplified in the works of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Flute Concerto, BWV 1033 and Louis Armstrong’s Potato Head Blues.



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