Gil Askey’s (1925-2014) horn arrangements for the Four Tops and the Temptations: a lecture recital

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Russell Alan Smith (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Mark Clodfelter

Abstract: This document accompanies a lecture recital that provided background information and suggested techniques for performing the horn section arrangements of the Four Tops and the Temptations in a live setting. Introductory information about the scope and significance of the project and background information about Motown Records Company and arranger Gil Askey were discussed. The logistical and performance challenges that must be addressed when executing these horn arrangements were explored as well. An examination of the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements contained in the horn section arrangements was presented along with stylistic performance considerations. Excerpts taken from the actual horn section parts used in the live stage shows were included and analyzed. The document is organized into five chapters. Chapter 1 is comprised of an introductory overview of the study and discusses the relevance of the subject matter. The second chapter deals with background biographical information on arranger Gil Askey and his involvement with Motown Record Company’s roster of artists. Chapter 3 discusses the demands placed on musicians engaged to play with the Four Tops and Temptations. The fourth chapter explores common performance practices of the horn section arrangements for these groups and Chapter 5 concludes and summarizes the findings of the project and offers suggestions for further research.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2016
Arranging, Four Tops, Motown, Performance, Temptations
Askey, Gil
Motown Record Corporation
Four Tops (Musical group)
Temptations (Musical group)
Arrangement (Music)
Horn music $x Analysis, appreciation

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