4 for Four: My Four Seasons for Jazz Quartet

4 for Four: My Four Seasons for Jazz Quartet


Soojung Lee


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The project was to present the four seasons I have been through, dealing with the Sewol Ferry disaster, the sinking of a ship that caused massive casualties, and Jung-in case, a child’s death as a result of abuse, and the process of overcoming Corona Blue. I chose chord-less quartet. This configuration, excluding polyphonic instruments, looks like a spacious space, but in fact, there is a lot of communication in it. When listening to Don Cherry’s Old And New Dreams with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell, I come to the realization that in the end, they become a mass and a film, and an attitude of listening is necessary for good communication. I blended with the counterpoint, an element of my favorite music genre, classical, and a chord-less quartet, a composition of four monophonic instruments. I referenced a lot of works by my favorite composers, and Bach's invention works were very good examples. The counterpoint he used keeps the main melody memorable even after the song ends due to the repetitive minority motif. When two or more motifs were played separately or simultaneously with the left and right hands, I took two saxophones as the center of exchange.

Publication Date



Boston Campus


Project Components: paper (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), audio files (ZIP file containing 4 .wav files), scores (ZIP file containing 4 .pdf documents).

4 for Four: My Four Seasons for Jazz Quartet