Contents: Academic music and jazz between 1950 and 1980 - Jazz in Romania (1948-1963) - Richard Oschanitzky: pianist, arranger, orchestrator - Richard Oschanitzky's compositions of academic music - Film music - Stage music - Ethno-jazz - Free jazz - Chamber jazz - Symphonic jazz.
The Works of Richard Oschanitzky analyses the German-Romanian composer and pianist's output in the context of Socialist Romania (1965 to 1979). By the means of music historiography, archive research and musicological analyses, the composer's contributions to the symphonic/chamber jazz genres, pioneering role in ethno-jazz and film music scores are analysed. The book lays particular stress on Richard Oschanitzky's attempt to find common ground between European academic music and American jazz, as exemplified in his symphonic jazz works. The Romanian edition of this book has raised awareness of the musical potential to be retrieved, resulting in additional audio-visual products, such as documentary films and new CD editions of his work. It has become part of the academic curriculum for the course History of Jazz, taught at the George Enescu University of Arts in Iasi, Romania.