Jazz meets Classical

Key composers & pieces

Composition

Debussy: Golliwog's Cakewalk

1908

Debussy
Movement 6 from the Children's Corner suite
Probably influences by hearing John Philip Sousa's American band perform in Paris in 1900

Debussy: Minstrels

1910

Debussy
Piano Prelude

Debussy: General Lavine

1913

Debussy
Piano Prelude

Stravinsky: Ragtime for 11 instruments

1918

Written for chamber ensemble of 11 instruments

Milhaud: La Creation du Monde

1922 - 1923

Darius Milhaud
Ballet in 6 continuous scenes
Following a trip to the USA in 1922

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

1924

George Gershwin
Solo piano and Jazz band
Orchestrated by Ferde Grofe, 3 times - last in 1942 (version we use today)

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

1925

George Gershwin
Commissioned immediately after the success of Rhapsody in Blue
3 movements
Orchestrated by Gershwin

Ravel: Piano Concerto in F

1929 - 1931

Maurice Ravel
Written following a piano tour to the USA in which he heard jazz
3 movements

Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 1

1934

Dimitri Shostakovich
(Soviet Russia)

Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 2

1938

Dimitri Shostakovich
(Soviet Russia)