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Live recording from Mac Jazz spring concert on April 17th, 2009, conducted by Ian Boswell. Thanks to Mac Jazz Director Joan Griffith for dedicating the time to rehearsing Fifth Wheel, and for her support and encouragement.


Fifth Wheel is a composition written for Macalester's jazz band that uses form and extended tonality to create an emotional narrative. It contains elements of both classical and jazz traditions: its form and unusual meter (5/4) from the former and improvisation and jazz harmony from the latter. Writing harmonies in an extended tonal language was of particular importance in this piece's creation.

Fifth Wheel.mp3 (3963 kB)
Live recording of Fifth Wheel performed by Mac Jazz on their Spring '09 concert

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