In 1957, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn composed Such Sweet Thunder, a magnificent suite of 12 pieces dedicated to Shakespeare and his most compelling characters. Ellington described the work as an "attempt to parallel the vignettes of some of the Shakespearean characters in miniature--sometimes to the point of caricature."
Composed in response to a request to perform at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Stratford, Ontario in 1956, Such Sweet Thunder was a tour de force, a masterful, confident transcendence of the formal and historical barriers that all too often separate cultures and artistic genres, a watershed in Ellington's own career, a milestone in the history of jazz, and a rock solid exemplar of America's growing aesthetic confidence and maturity.
At the halfway point in our deliberately light-hearted celebration of American popular music's on-going tête-à-tête with broader cultural currents and its own European past, OFAM jazz director Ken Peplowski assembles a special jazz orchestra to re-create this thoughtful, witty, and profoundly moving masterpiece.
| ||Take The A Train(1940)||B. Strayhorn (m)|
| ||It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)(1932)||I. Mills (w), D. Ellington (m)|
| ||Cotton Tail(1940)||D. Ellington (m)|
| ||Such Sweet Thunder (1957)||Duke Ellington (1899-1974)|
| ||Such Sweet Thunder [Othello]|
| ||Sonnet for Caesar [Julius Caesar]|
| ||Sonnet to Hank Cinq [Henry V]|
| ||Sonnet In Search Of A Moor [Othello]|
| ||The Telecasters [the Three Witches & Iago]|
| ||Up And Down, Up And Down, I Will Lead Them [Puck]|
| ||Sonnet For Sister Kate [Katherine]|
| ||The Star-Crossed Lovers [Romeo & Juliet]|
| ||Madness In Great Ones [Hamlet]|
| ||Circle Of Fourths [Shakespeare]|
| ||Don't Get Around Much Anymore(1940)||B. Russell (w), D. Ellington (m)|
| ||In My Solitude(1934)||I. Mills/E. DeLange (w), D. Ellington (m)|
| ||In A Sentimental Mood(1935)||I. Mills/M. Kurtz (w), D. Ellington (m)|
| ||Rockin' In Rhythm(1931)||I. Mills (w), D. Ellington/H. Carney (m)|
|Featured composers, lyricists, creators|
Harry CarneyEddie DeLange