The jazz standard Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk was the inspiration behind George Crumb’s Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik. A comparative listening of both works shows this peculiar stylistic transfer.
50 years after the publication of Rayuela, the Foundation organised a series commemorating the Argentine author’s passion for jazz. In March 1966, Cortázar attended a Thelonious Monk concert in Geneva and the great impact the musician had on him resulted in the story La vuelta al piano de Thelonious Monk (Thelonius Monk’s Return to the Piano). The jazz standard performed in this video, Epistrophy, which was composed during the 1940s although didn’t gain popularity until the 1980s, is a paradigm of modernity in jazz.
Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk11:13NOVEMBER 16, 2013
Cortázar’s fascination with Thelonious Monk, reflected in the story La vuelta al piano de Thelonious Monk (Thelonious Monk’s Return to the Piano), comes from pieces including Round Midnight. This jazz standard, which set Monk against Miles Davies due to the modifications made by the latter, is vibrantly performed in this video by the Moisés P. Sánchez Trío.