Forte's Lecture on Jazz: An Introduction

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Benjamin Givan


This article provides background on Allen Forte’s 1958 lecture, “The Development of Diminutions in American Jazz,” which is published for the first time in this issue of the Journal of Jazz Studies. Topics include the context in which the lecture was delivered; the lecture’s place in the history of jazz theory and analysis; and the career of Forte, one of the nation’s most prominent music theorists, including his little-known ties to the jazz world.

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Givan, B. (2011). Forte’s Lecture on Jazz: An Introduction. Journal of Jazz Studies, 7(1), 3–6.