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Jazz trumpet and its role in big band

Author: Hăruță Petru
Degree:doctor of history and Theory of Arts, Cultorology
Speciality: 17.00.01 - Audio-visual Arts (with specification: Theatrical Art; Musical Art; Cinematography, TV and other form of Audio-Visual Arts)
Scientific adviser: Tatiana Berezovicova
doctor, professor, Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts
Institution: Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts


The thesis was presented on the 6 August, 2021
Approved by NCAA on the 26 November, 2021


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CZU 780.8:780.

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arrangement, articulation, big band, orchestral section, jazz, orchestra, score, interpretation technique, jazz trumpet Study field: history and theory of jazz, history and theory of performing art


Structure of the thesis. The theoretical work includes: introduction, 3 chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography composed of 151 titles (in Romanian, English, German, Russian and Ukrainian), 5 annexes; 97 basic text pages, 6 tables, 48 sheet music examples. The results are reflected in 10 scientific publications, including 5 articles and 5 abstracts of scientific articles.

Purpose and objectives of the thesis. The purpose of the thesis is to reveal the specifics of the jazz trumpet and its role in the contemporary big band’s score. The objectives of the thesis: the study of the trumpet interpretive technique in jazz music; highlighting the contribution of great trumpeters in the development of universal jazz; tracing the evolution of jazz orchestras in the 20th - 21st centuries; revealing the role of the solo trumpet and the trumpet section in the big band; examining the functions of trumpets in orchestral score.

The novelty and scientific-practical originality of the thesis lies in the fact that for the first time in the Republic of Moldova, a jazz trumpet became the object of a comprehensive scientific research, combined with an artistic project in the field of jazz music; in the thesis are presented original musical programs consisting of jazz compositions and performed by the author as a soloist-trumpeter, member and conductor of the ensemble and big band; for the first time in Moldova, an attempt is made to classify the functions of trumpets in jazz orchestra, and specific procedures for performing jazz trumpet and the arrangement’s particularities of the big band are exemplified with excerpts from contemporary orchestral scores. The applicative value of the paper.

The theoretical part of the thesis can be used as a teaching material in courses taught in higher and secondary music education institutions, such as History of pop and jazz music, Stylistics, Instrument, Ensemble, Methods of teaching a special discipline, Instruments theory, Arrangement, Orchestration. It can also be a methodological support in the self-development activity of performers, students and teachers. Some aspects of the paper can serve as a basis for further theoretical studies. The author’s conclusions and recommendations will contribute to the development of interpretive mastery of jazz trumpet, including in big band, as well as perfecting the art of jazz orchestra arrangement.

Implementation of scientific results. The thesis was carried out at the Doctoral School of the Art Studies and Culturology at the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts. The recitals and theoretical compartments of the paperwork were regularly discussed at the meetings of the Guidance Commission. The thesis was recommended to be present by the Guidance Commission and the Doctoral School Council. The results are reflected in 5 articles and 5 abstracts published in various scientific journals and collections. The thesis materials are presented at 9 international and national scientific conferences.