Ode to Jazzy Joy 

I decided to attempt to repeat the success of "Twinkle Twinkle Jazzy Star" with an arrangement of "Ode to Joy" which most people are familiar with as a tune used by Beethoven in his ninth symphony. My setting is in the same style I used for Twinkle Twinkle; mainly block chords using four part harmony for the most part in a jazz style. Again the idea was to place a different harmony under each note of the melody using as many different chord types as possible within the bounds of functional harmony. I also tried to keep the voice-leading as smooth as possible.

It's fascinating to me how many different ways there are to harmonize a melody, especially when it comes to using jazz harmony. The notes of the melody can be any chord tone including harmonic extensions (6, 7, 9, 11, or 13) as well as an altered tone of a dominant harmony (b5, #5, b9, #9).

I hope I have succeeded in making an interesting harmonic study as well as something enjoyable to play. It's not easy but should be worth the effort. Thanks for your support!

Ode to Jazzy Joy

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5 comments

  • David Naidu
    David Naidu
    Hi John, Your jazz harmonizations are impeccable as always! -- Purchased immediately, --- David

    Hi John, Your jazz harmonizations are impeccable as always! -- Purchased immediately, --- David

  • Vagelis Vlavianos
    Vagelis Vlavianos
    Brilliant! With a true jazz feeling.

    Brilliant! With a true jazz feeling.

  • Neil Lager
    Neil Lager
    No 9 over 6 chord with a descending pentatonic riff at the end? ;-) Very solid harmony and pleasant to hear, as usual, John. :-) Perhaps add a walking bass line next time... ;-) -- neil

    No 9 over 6 chord with a descending pentatonic riff at the end? ;-)
    Very solid harmony and pleasant to hear, as usual, John. :-)
    Perhaps add a walking bass line next time... ;-)
    -- neil

  • Garret
    Garret
    Beautiful job as always, John. Purchased right away!

    Beautiful job as always, John. Purchased right away!

  • Miles
    Miles
    Lush!! Enjoy retirement, I hope all the leisure this purchase affords you won't keep you from writing more amazing arrangements.

    Lush!!

    Enjoy retirement, I hope all the leisure this purchase affords you won't keep you from writing more amazing arrangements.

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